Lynn Powell Awarded
Lynn Powell, director of Oberlin Writers-in-the-Schools (WITS) in the Creative Writing Program, has been awarded the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry for her third collection of poems, Season of the Second Thought. Her book will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in the fall of 2017.
Sheila Miyoshi Jager Commissioned
Sheila Miyoshi Jager, professor of East Asian studies, was commissioned to write a chapter in Cambridge University Press' major new four-volume reference work, the Cambridge History of America and the World, which will offer a capacious and comprehensive account of American engagement in the world from 1500 to the present.
Jager will write the chapter on United States' relationship with Japan, China, Russia, and other countries, tentatively titled "Competing Empires in Asia" for Volume 3, which covers 1900-1945. The General Series Editor is Mark P. Bradley (University of Chicago) and Vol. 3 will be edited by Brooke L. Blower (Boston University) and Andrew Preston (Cambridge University). The series is scheduled to be published in 2020.
Alysia Ramos Performs Duet
Assistant Professor of Dance Alysia Ramos performed her duet Time Certainties Peace at The Ohio Dance Festival on April 29, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. This work, inspired by Paolo Coelho's text "The Good Fight" was made in collaboration with Ghanaian dancer Mustapha Braimah. Through dance and text, the work addresses the challenge of enduring in the fight for one's dreams in spite of obstacles both without and within. Oberlin Conservatory students Aliya Ultan (cello) and Patrick Graney (percussion) composed and performed musical accompaniment for the piece.
Shelley Lee Gives Lecture
Shelley Lee, associate professor of history and comparative American studies, gave a lecture to the history department at University of Denver entitled: “Immigration and History in the Age of Trump.” The talk on May 17, 2017, reflected her work as a historian of immigration and role as a citizen in the current political moment. It also built upon recent public intellectual and activist work in which Lee has engaged.
Laurie McMillin Edits Nominated Essay
Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Laurie Hovell McMillin serves as the editor-in-chief for Away Journal. An essay in the publication, penned by Adriana Páramo, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Kirk Ormand Lectures
Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand gave three public lectures during spring semester. In February, Ormand was the keynote speaker at the University of Tennessee’s annual undergraduate conference in classics, delivering a talk titled “Sexualized Violence: the Eurymedon Vase in Context.” This talk presented the controversial “Eurymedon Vase,” an early 5th century Athenian wine vase (currently in Hamburg) in the context of sexual practices and their ideological depictions of Persians and Scythians. In March, Ormand delivered “Helen in Fragments” to the graduate program in Classics at the University of Cincinnati. The paper explores the alternative traditions surrounding Helen of Troy and a possible intertextual allusion to the fragments of Stesichorus in a fragment from Hesiod’s Catalogue of Women. In April, Ormand initiated a new series of workshops for graduate students in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, on job training, the job market, and professional development.
Christopher Trinacty Gives Three Lectures
In April 2017, Assistant Professor of Classics Christopher Trinacty gave three lectures. The first, “Wild Nothing: Teaching Latin Intertextuality,” was presented at the annual Classical Association of the Middle West and South meeting in Kitchener, Ontario. This lecture detailed the way Trinacty uses pop music to discuss allusion in Latin poetry. A second paper, “Intertext to Intratext in Senecan Prose and Poetry,” was given at the Midwest Classical Literature Consortium in Athens, Ohio. This talk analyzed the way that Seneca the Younger utilized intertexts in different manners in his prose and poetry. The final talk, “C.H. Sisson in Exile,” was given as part of the conference Revisiting C.H. Sisson: Modernist, Classicist, Translator, at Kings College, London. This paper pointed out certain aspects of the reception of Ovid’s exile poetry in the works of the English poet C.H. Sisson.
Assistant Professor Evan Kresch Presents, Discusses
Assistant Professor Evan Kresch both presented a paper "(Not So) Gently Down The Stream: River Pollution and Health in Indonesia" and was a discussant at the Midwest International Economic Development Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
Bernard Matambo Published in Best American Essays
Assistant Professor Bernard Matambo’s essay “Working the City” was selected for inclusion in the Best American Essays 2017.
Ann Cooper Albright Participates in Fellowship
Professor Ann Cooper Albright was a fellow at the Interweaving Performance Cultures Research Center at Berlin's Free University during the spring 2017 semester. She also taught a module course on dancing and writing at the University of Salzburg in Austria.