Alysia Ramos Teaches Summer Workshop, Co-creates Production
Alysia Ramos, assistant professor of dance, taught a summer workshop at Barnard College in New York. In August, Ramos and her artistic partner Liz Ivkovich co-created a new immersive dance theater work, Those with Wings inspired by Terry Tempest Williams' memoir When Women Were Birds. The production ran for six sold-out performances and was positively reviewed in the Salt Lake Art Magazine.
Ann Cooper Albright Presents, Performs in Germany
Ann Cooper Albright, professor of dance, was a visiting fellow at the Interweaving Performance Cultures Research Center in Berlin, Germany where she presented a talk entitled “On Being and Unknowing: Moving with an ‘Other’ in Capoeira, Contact Improvisation, and Queer Tango.” She also performed with Benoit Lachambre at the Freiburg Contact Festival in August.
Bobby Wesner Produces, Performs
Bobby Wesner, visiting instructor of dance, along with Holly Handman-Lopez, visiting assistant professor of dance, produced Oberlin Dance Intensive, a week of intensive dancing and sharing for high school students. Wesner and Handman-Lopez also performed their duet Eleven Years in at the Akron Fringe Festival. Wesner’s professional company, Neos Dance Theater, was installed on the third floor of the New Union Center for the Arts in September 2017.
Holly Handman-Lopez Produces, Performs
Holly Handman-Lopez, visiting assistant professor of dance, along with Bobby Wesner, visiting instructor of dance, produced Oberlin Dance Intensive, a week of intensive dancing and sharing for high school students. Handman-Lopez and Wesner also performed their duet Eleven Years in at the Akron Fringe Festival.
Sebastiaan Faber Interviewed Widely About Catalonia
Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies, was widely interviewed and quoted about the escalating situation in the Catalonian region of Spain. He co-authored an article in the Nation and was quoted in both the Washington Post and Bill Moyers' Daily Reads. Faber appeared on Democracy Now!, both in television and web features, Real News Network, Free Speech TV's Rising Up with Sonali , and on KPFT's Hi Monitor. He was also interviewed in Slate.
Janet Fiskio and Chie Sakakibara Awarded Grant
Janet Fiskio and Chie Sakakibara were awarded a $40,000 National Science Foundation conference award for “Oral History and Local Knowledge: Methods of Resilience” in the Arctic Social Sciences Program. The grant supported a community history workshop in Africatown, Alabama at the historic Union Missionary Baptist Church. Approximately 40 community members, Inupiat elders, and Oberlin faculty and students participated in the workshop held during fall 2017.
Sebastiaan Faber Publishes in the Nation
Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies, co-authored a piece about Catalonia's relationship with Spain for the Nation, "Have Spain and Catalonia Reached a Point of No Return?"
Sheila Miyoshi Jager Quoted in USA Today
Sheila Miyoshi Jager, professor of East Asian studies, was interviewed and quoted by USA Today in two articles about North Korea, "From Good to Bad: Five Possible Options for What's Next in North Korea-U.S. Standoff," and "North Korea Has Taken Provocatice Actions for Decades, but This Time Could Trigger War."
Jillian Scudder Contributes to Forbes Column
Mattson Essay on Artificial Intelligence and "Gayface" Widely Quoted
Associate Professor of Sociology Greggor Mattson's critique of a study about face recognition technology and sexual orientation was widely quoted. The study, conducted by two researchers at Stanford Graduate School of Business, claimed that artificial intelligence could detect gay and lesbian faces more accurately than humans and was evidence of a prenatal hormonal cause of homosexuality. Mattson critiqued the methods used to train the algorithms, the outdated concepts that motivated them, and "the stunning tone-deafness" of the authors' defense of their ethics. The piece was quoted by such English-language outlets as Inside Higher Ed, Vice's Motherboard, and Outline, and it was quoted in German by Wired and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Read Mattson's critique "Artificial Intelligence Discovers Gayface. Sigh."