Holly Handman-Lopez Acknowledged for Achievement

December 22, 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Holly Handman-Lopez was acknowledged for Superior Achievement by the Cleveland Critics Circle 2016 Theater Awards for her choreography of Mr. Burns at Cleveland Public Theatre. The production was directed by Matthew Wright.

Laura Atran-Fresco Publishes, Gives Interviews

December 19, 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor of French Laura Atran-Fresco was interviewed on November 8, 2016 by Jean-Pierre Dubé for the newspaper Francopresse and on November 22, 2016 by Michel Doucet for the radio show Format libre on Radio-Canada Acadie. Both interviews address the recent publication of her book Les Cadiens au présent: Revendications d’une Francophonie en Amérique du Nord, by the University Laval Press, in the series “Langues officielles et sociétés.”

The work explores strategies to address the Cajun population's demands for recognition of cultural and linguistic identity in contemporary Louisiana. These strategies are divided into three areas. First, Louisiana's integration into the French-speaking world, particularly in the North American context. Second, processes of institutionalization to counter linguistic erosion, in public spaces, as well as in French immersion curriculum and higher education. Lastly, awareness-raising among young people, whether students or young professionals, this age class being potentially best poised to defend the future of the vernacular language and culture.

Through the analysis of self-validation strategies employed by contemporary Cajuns to reaffirm their language, culture, and identity, Les Cadiens au présent offers models for cultural resistance to strengthen the French-speaking community.

Tanja Dückers Publishes, Gives Interview

December 19, 2016

Tanja Dückers, the 48th Max Kade German writer-in-residence, published two articles in major German news sites leading up to and following the elections, centering her discussion on the mood in Oberlin and throughout Ohio. Dückers was also interviewed immediately after the elections for Deutschlandradio Kultur.

Report for the Tagesspiegel on the mood at Oberlin College directly after the election.

Report for Zeit-Online on the campaign in Ohio.

Radio interview for Deutschlandradio Kultur at 4 a.m. following the election returns.

Sergio Gutiérrez–Negrón Publishes Short Story

December 16, 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Sergio Gutiérrez-Negrón has published the short story “Good People” in the November issue of The Brooklyn Rail, available both online and in print.

Christi Smith’s Book Featured at Social Science History Association Session

December 16, 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Christi Smith’s book, Reparation and Reconciliation: The Rise and Fall of Integrated Higher Education, was the focus of an Author Meets Critics session at the Social Science History Association in Chicago.

Ann Cooper Albright Lectures at University of Patras and Teaches Workshops in Athens, Greece

December 16, 2016

Ann Cooper Albright, professor and chair of the department of dance, lectured at the University of Patras’ Department of Theater Studies and taught workshops in Athens for professional dance students and an intercultural group of German and Greek dancers.

Professor Albright’s book Choreographing Difference was also recently translated into Greek by Nissos Press.

Crystal Biruk Gives Lecture on Forthcoming Book

December 16, 2016

Crystal (Cal) Biruk, assistant professor of anthropology, gave an invited lecture on the forthcoming book Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World to the University of Virginia Anthropology Department on October 21, 2016.