Kirk Ormand publishes article

November 1, 2016

Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand published the article, “Divine Perspective and the Plots of Zeus in the Hesoidic Catalogue,” in The Gods of Greek Hexameter Poetry: From the Archaic Age to Late Antiquity and Beyond, eds. J. Clauss, A. Kahane and M. Cuypers (Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, 2016). Ormand’s article examines the literary trope — common in archaic Greek poetry — that Zeus began the Trojan War in order to reduce the Earth of its too-rapidly expanding population. In the fragments of Hesiod’s mythological poem, The Catalogue of Women (on which Ormand published a monograph in 2014), Ormand argues that we see a careful exposition of human heroes' failure to understand these events from the perspective of the Olympian gods.

Janet Fiskio and Md Rumi Shammin publish article

October 10, 2016

Janet Fiskio, Md Rumi Shammin, and Vel Scott coauthored the article ‘‘Cultivating Community: Black Agrarianism in Cleveland, Ohio,’’ which appeared in the summer 2016 issue of Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies.

Christopher Cotter Presents at Economic History Association Conference

September 30, 2016

Assistant Professor of Economics Christopher Cotter attended the annual conference of the Economic History Association (EHA) in Boulder, Colorado, in early September. Cotter led the EHA’s Job Market Workshop, in which recent job market candidates provide advice and personal experience to economic history PhD students who will soon be on the market themselves.

T.S. McMillin Participates in U.N. Dialogue

September 6, 2016

This past summer, Professor of English T.S. McMillin took part in the United Nations dialogue on Harmony with Nature. The dialogue, with contributions from 127 “Experts of the Knowledge Network” representing eight disciplines, resulted in a report to the General Assembly released August 1, 2016. McMillin was asked to discuss Philosophy and Ethics. Some of his research on the Los Angeles River will appear in the forthcoming volume The Politics of Fresh Water: Access, Conflict, and Identity (Routledge 2017).

Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastian Faber publishes articles

August 17, 2016

Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber has co-authored an article on Barcelona’s new city government for an ongoing series in The Nation called “Cities Rising.” He also has a review essay on Adam Hochschild’s new book in the current issue of Foreign Affairs. Earlier this year, he co-authored several articles in The Nation on Spanish politics, while regularly publishing pieces in the Spanish magazines FronteraD, La Marea, and Contexto.

Jennifer Fraser Gives Talk at Indonesian University

August 5, 2016

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology Jennifer Fraser will deliver the talk “Playing with Men: Female Singers, Porno Lyrics, and the Male Gaze in a Sumatran Vocal Genre” on Wednesday, August 10, at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Fraser has been conducting research in Sumatra, Indonesia, for approximately five weeks.

More information about her talk can be found on the Gadja Mada University website.

Paper by Kathy Abromeit Wins Award

July 26, 2016

The paper “Navigating ‘Multiple Choice’ to ‘Research as a Process’: the Neuroscience of Teaching the First-year Music Student” by Kathy Abromeit, public services librarian in the Conservatory Library, was selected as the winner of the "best of chapter" competition at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Music Library Association (MLA). Abromeit presented the paper at the meeting, which took place October 15-17 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The paper is now in the running for the national "best of" competition between all MLA chapters.

Roderic Knight Publishes

July 12, 2016

Roderic Knight, emeritus professor of ethnomusicology, has published the article “A new look at classification and terminology for musical instruments” in the Galpin Society Journal. Published in England, the Galpin Society Journal is the principal outlet for the scientific study of musical instruments. Knight takes on the venerable Hornbostel-Sachs classification system, published in German in 1914, with an English translation in this same journal in 1961, and proposes improvements and additions to it. A special appeal for Oberlinians is the inclusion of two color photos of the electro-mechanical siren on Oberlin Fire Truck #42, which is, in the jargon, a pulsating blown aerophone. Emeritus professor of Physics Bruce Richards was Knight’s consultant on technical matters.