Professor of Comparative American Studies Wendy Kozol has published “‘Gonna Stomp some Rump’: Embodied Learning and the Politics of Pleasure in an American Studies Classroom” in American Studies Pedagogy: Resources for Teaching American Studies, ed. E. Duclos-Orsello, J. Entin, and R. Hill (University of Kansas Press, 2021). Featuring an impromptu moment in CAST 100 when she made all the students dance, this article explores embodied learning as a pedagogical practice that can foster student interrogations about how power, inequality, and difference operate both in the classroom and beyond.
Barker Professor of Music Theory Jared Hartt has published a monograph, The Dorset Rotulus: Contextualizing and Reconstructing the Early English Motet. Co-authored with Margaret Bent and Peter Lefferts, the study is the first in over 35 years devoted to the motet in England. Spurred by the recent discovery of an exciting new source of medieval polyphony, the book provides reconstructions and performable transcriptions of several early fourteenth-century motets—some previously unknown—and offers a new evaluation of the richness of the English repertory on its own terms.
On September 3, Stiliana Milkova, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, co-organized and participated in "Elena Ferrante's Lost Daughters," a round table discussion at the 2021 Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on the occasion of the premier of the 2021 film "The Lost Daughter" starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. The event was part of the cultural association Isola Edipo.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Jennifer Blaylock has published the article “‘Who wants a BlackBerry these days?’ Serialized new media and its trash” in the journal Screen. In the article, she looks at seriality and its connection to racial capital by discussing the Nigerian film series BlackBerry Babes (2011-12).
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Rob Thompson gave testimony in front of Ohio’s Redistricting Commission on August 27 at Ohio State University, Mansfield. Thompson has been active with Fair Districts Ohio (www.fairdistrictsohio.org) and has presented to many groups about reapportionment, redistricting, and gerrymandering. The full statement can be found on the commission’s website.
The Ohio Redistricting Commission will draw the state’s House and Senate district maps, while the Ohio Legislature will draw the Congressional map. A citizens’ rally for fair districts is planned for Tuesday, September 21, at the State Capitol in Columbus.
Margaret Kamitsuka, emeritus professor of religion, edited a special issue of the Journal of Religious Ethics (August 2021) with a focus on reproductive ethics. She wrote one of the seven essays in this issue, which included an essay from Oberlin alum and religion major Rebecca Epstein-Levi.