Sibbi Bernhardsson Appointed Artistic Director of Iceland Music Festival

December 3, 2019

Oberlin violin professor Sibbi Bernhardsson has been appointed artistic director of the Harpa International Music Academy (HIMA). Found in 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the 11-day festival is held in the award-winning Harpa concert hall and conference center.

The academy conducts two simultaneous programs in violin, viola, and cello—a junior division for string students ages 7 to 12 and a senior division for emerging young artists ages 13 to 22. In both divisions, students receive daily lessons, participate in chamber music rehearsals and coachings, attend and perform in master classes, have access to workshops on professional and career development, and are given performance opportunities. While most of the students come from Iceland, HIMA also draws participants from Europe, Asia, and the Americas every year.

“My goal is to help enrich the vibrant musical life and training of young musicians in my native Iceland as well as continue HIMA’s mission of connecting the country to the international musical world,” says Bernhardsson.

The 2020 festival runs from June 9-20.

Holly Handman-Lopez Co-Creates Visual Reality Dance Experiment

December 2, 2019

Holly Handman-Lopez joined the Labodanse research team to help craft the second phase of a visual reality/dance experiment initially conducted at the Tate Modern. Handman-Lopez was one of two choreographer/dancers on the project and worked with the team at the National Scientific Research Center in Paris, France.

Alexia Hudson-Ward Elected Co-Vice Chair

November 28, 2019

Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries Alexia Hudson-Ward has been elected co-vice chair of the Board of Trustees of LYRASIS, a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to support enduring access to the world’s shared academic, scientific, and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions, and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums, and knowledge communities worldwide. LYRASIS is home to more than 1,000 member academic and public libraries, museums, archives, and other collections-holding organizations located in 28 countries.

Ana María Díaz Burgos Publishes

November 27, 2019

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana María Díaz Burgos published "Tras la Conjuración de Brujería en Cartagena de Indias (1634-1636): Retractaciones, Espacios Carcelarios y Tortura" in the Spanish journal Edad de Oro. The article studies how women persecuted by the inquisition used carcereal spaces to carry out a 1634 conspiracy that threatened the institution’s legitimacy in the port-city of Cartagena de Indias.

John Duca Presents at ReCapNet conference

November 26, 2019

Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics John Duca presented, "Interest Rate, Regulation, and Tax Effects on Commercial Real Estate: Lessons from the Past Half Century" at the Real Estate Markets & Capital Markets (ReCapNet) conference in Mannheim, Germany, on November 15, 2019.

Stephen Crowley Writes Op-Ed

November 25, 2019

Professor of Politics Stephen Crowley wrote an op-ed in the Plain Dealer calling on Senator Rob Portman of Ohio to push back against President Trump's policy on Ukraine to instead promote a peace process in the region.

Paul Thibodeau's Research Featured on Podcast and NPR

November 21, 2019

Associate Professor of Psychology Paul Thibodeau's research on word aversion was featured on the podcast Subtitle and on NPR.

Wendy Beth Hyman Publishes Co-Edited Collection, Interviewed

November 21, 2019

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature Wendy Beth Hyman has published a co-edited collection, Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare: Why Renaissance Literature Matters Now, with Edinburgh University Press. Tania Boster, executive director of integrative and experiential learning, and director of curricular initiatives at the Bonner Center, contributed a chapter. The book is open access.

Hyman was also recently interviewed for an episode of the podcast, That Shakespeare Life, about her research on jacquemarts, clockworks, and automatons in the Renaissance.