An exhibition catalog published by the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) and Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art has received the College Art Association's Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award. Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings includes essays by Andria Derstine, director of the AMAM; Stephanie Wiles, formerly art museum director at both Oberlin and Cornell, who is currently director of the Yale University Art Gallery; and Andaleeb Banta, former AMAM curator of European and American art. The book features new research on the watermarks embedded in various papers used by Rembrandt, and is available from the AMAM.
Sandy Zagarell, Donald R. Longman Professor of English, has been elected to a three-year term as President of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW). SSAWW has more than 400 members, national and international. It sponsors a triennial conference and numerous other activities. SSAWW is committed to diversity in the study of American women writers — racial, ethnic, gender, class, sexual orientation, region, and era — as well as of scholars participating in the Society.
Associate Professor of Anthropology Cal Biruk published an article titled "The Politics of Global Health" in Political and Legal Anthropology Review.
Professor of Comparative American Studies Wendy Kozol published the paper "Radical Plurality and Visual Witnessing."
Assistant Professor of Physics Jillian Scudder presented research on January 7, 2019 at the American Astronomical Society annual meeting in Seattle, WA.
The Association des Collectionneurs d'Instruments de Musique à Vent—France’s Association of Musical Wind Instruments Collectors—recently held a competition for "the most beautiful wind instrument of its members." Michael Lynn, Oberlin Conservatory professor of recorder and Baroque flute, won the award for his Buffet Coché conical Boehm flute on January 23. The instrument will be featured in an upcoming issue of the association's journal, Le Larigot. Lynn will also be giving a presentation on this flute at the conference on Artistic Research in the Field of Early Wind Instruments at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels on February 17. To read more about his research and to hear this rare instrument in performance, visit his website www.originalflutes.com.
Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand recently delivered two talks. On January 5, he presented "Did Imaginary Cinaedi Have Sex with Women?" at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Diego, as part of a panel titled "Searching for the Cinaedus in Classical Antiquity." On January 25, Ormand delivered the John P. Sullivan Lecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ormand's paper was titled "Mollis or Intersexed? Ovid's Hermaphroditus and the Figural Tradition." The Sullivan Lecture honors J.P. Sullivan, who taught in the Classics Department at UCSB until his untimely death in 1993.