Marco Wilkinson Publishes

May 9, 2016

The lyric essay "Shepherd's Purse" by Marco Wilkinson, managing editor of Oberlin College Press, has been published in the May/June issue of Kenyon Review in the journal's second annual special issue dedicated to nature writing.

Wendy Kozol Coauthors Article with Alum

May 9, 2016

Wendy Kozol, professor and director of the comparative American studies program, and Rebecca A. Adelman ’01 have published “Ornamenting the Unthinkable: Visualizing Survival under Occupation” in a spring/summer 2016 Women’s Studies Quarterly special issue on survival (pgs. 171-187).

Confronting survival in visual cultures of war often requires departing from ideological absolutes (for sometimes the work of survival is ugly) and fantasies about resistance (for sometimes the work of survival is primarily utilitarian). Instead, this visual departure opens up alternative critical, political, and spectatorial possibilities. This article considers the interweaving of survival, catastrophe, and ordinariness in the needlepoint artwork of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz to illustrate this potential. Krinitz, who lived through the Nazi occupation of Poland, juxtaposes the luscious materiality and pastoral settings of 36 fabric collage and embroidered panels with a visual narrative of surviving genocidal violence. Arresting both for its virtuosic level of detail and frank rendition of the occupation and attendant traumas, Krinitz’s needlework ornaments the conjunction of the horrific and the quotidian. This jarring combination confronts viewers even as the haptic richness and sensory elegance of her craft pulls us toward spectatorial pleasures.

Rebecca Adelmann is associate professor of media and communication studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, specializing in visual culture, political theory, trauma studies, ethics, and cultural studies of war, terrorism, and militarization.

Crystal Biruk Gives Invited Talk

May 4, 2016

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Crystal Biruk gave an invited talk on her book project Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World on May 4 at Northwestern University's program on African studies.

Catherine Oertel Gives Invited Talk

April 28, 2016

Associate Professor of Chemistry Catherine Oertel delivered the invited talk, “Music and Materials: Art and Science of Organ Pipe Metal,” on March 29 at the spring meeting of the Materials Research Society in Phoenix. Jointly presented with professor Annette Richards, a musicologist from Cornell University, this was an interdisciplinary discussion of the aesthetics and complexity of the organ as an instrument as well as the chemistry and conservation of its pipes. The talk included results of research on organ pipe corrosion carried out with Oberlin undergraduates.

Holly Handman-Lopez Receives Individual Excellence Award

April 27, 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Holly Handman-Lopez has received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Choreography for her evening-lenth dance and theater piece, "The Only Way," and "eleven years in," her duet with Bobby Wesner. "The Only Way" premiered in Oberlin in 2015, and "eleven years in" premiered in Oberlin in 2014 and has since been presented at numerous venues across the U.S.

Megan Kaes Long Receives NEH Summer Stipend

April 26, 2016

Assistant Professor of Music Theory Megan Kaes Long has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend fellowship to support work on her monograph, Hearing Homophony: Characteristic Tonalities at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century. This summer she will travel to the British Library in London, the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to view sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music prints.

Eve Sandberg Attends Faculty Development Workshops

April 22, 2016

Politics Chair and Professor Eve Sandberg attended faculty development workshops at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) April 14-15, 2016, in New York. Panels of policy makers and scholars discussed various American foreign policy challenges and Sandberg was tasked with playing President Obama in a simulation of the situation room regarding the current crisis in Southern Sudan.

Andaleeb Badiee Banta Named Fellow

April 21, 2016

Andaleeb Badiee Banta, curator of European and American art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, has been named the Samuel H. Kress Foundation/AAMC affiliated fellow at the American Academy in Rome. During her four-week stay at the American Academy, Banta will visit several significant collections of old master drawings in Rome to further her research for “Old Master Drawings @ Oberlin," a proposed online catalogue of the AMAM's European drawings.