Charles McGuire Launches Online Tool
Charles McGuire, professor of musicology, has launched the Musical Festivals Database (MFD), a online tool that allows users explore and research the performance history of British Musical Festivals between 1695-1940. The programming and implementation of the database musicalfestivals.org is a collaboration between the Oberlin College Library, Oberlin College and Conservatory, the Five Colleges of Ohio, the Mellon Foundation, and Duke University’s Digital Scholarship Services. Due to the efforts of Oberlin and Duke student research assistants, one can use the MFD to search more than 500 festivals online, find out when and where a singer, instrumentalist, or conductor worked in Great Britain, and what was performed. The database is part of McGuire’s long-standing project to research musical festivals and the history of performance in order to implement within the Oberlin classroom a broader discussion of what music history was and is.
Cindy Frantz Interviewed on NPR
Professor of Psychology Cindy Frantz was interviewed for the story, "Finding The Middle in the Incivility War" on NPR's All Things Considered.
Jeffrey Witmer Presents Keynote
Professor of Mathematics Jeffrey Witmer was the keynote presenter at a statistics workshop held at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse on May 9 and 10, 2017.
Marco Wilkinson Receives Fellowship
Marco Wilkinson, managing editor at Oberlin College Press, has been awarded a Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellowship. The Hemera Foundation provides fellowships to artists and writers to engage contemplative practice as part of their creative practice. This fellowship will allow Wilkinson to attend a workshop at Zen Mountain Monastery conducted by noted translator and writer David Hinton. The workshop will focus on Daoist roots and concepts of wilderness in early Chinese Zen practice.
Richard M. Salter Presents, Collaborates
Professor Emeritus of Computer Science Richard M. Salter joined his colleague, Professor of Environmental Science Wayne M. Getz (University of California, Berkeley) to present a week-long workshop at Hong Kong University. The workshop entitled "Population Modeling/Quantitative Ecology Workshop using the NOVA Computational Software Platform," presented the mathematical techniques used in population modeling and demography, as well as resource, movement, and disease ecology, and showed how they can be applied to simulations created with Salter's Nova modeling system. Attendees were able to obtain hands-on experience with the new Nova 3 version of the software, which will make its appearance in Oberlin in the fall.
Salter is also continuing his collaboration with Oberlin College Professor of Psychology Nancy Darling. The pair are putting the finishing touches on a chapter that will appear in an upcoming book on collaborative modeling.
Elizabeth Hamilton Delivers Keynote Address
Associate Professor of German Elizabeth Hamilton delivered the keynote address at Bates College's May Conference on May 12, 2017. Hamilton's talk was titled "Universal Design and the Architecture of the Liberal Arts." This year's theme for the annual meeting on pedagogy and curricular design was "Beyond Compliance." The conference included small-group workshops on syllabus design and a student panel on learning styles and barriers to academic progress.
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.