Faculty and Staff Notes

Allegra Hyde Story Collection Named Editor's Choice

May 17, 2023

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde's new story collection, The Last Catastrophe, was named an Editors' Choice selection by The New York Times.

Evan Kresch Presented Paper at NOVAFRICA

May 17, 2023

Evan Kresch presented his paper "What We Do in the Shadows: How Urban Density Facilitates Information Diffusion" in the NOVAFRICA seminar series at the Nova SBE in Lisbon, Portugal.

Grace An Writes Catalogue Essay for France's Premier Film Institution

May 17, 2023

Grace An was commissioned to write a catalogue essay for the Cinémathèque Française, France's premier film institution, which is launching its first exhibition devoted to a non-male filmmaker: Agnès Varda. The essay explored Varda's "revolutionary" short films during the 1960s, including Black Panthers and Salut les Cubains. The exhibit will open October 2023 and close in January 2024.

An was also commissioned to write a short piece about the film Annie colère (Blandine Lenoir, 2022) for a special issue of Imaginaires (formerly French Film for Historians) dedicated to reproductive politics and care. An is a member of the journal's advisory board.

Jillian Scudder Interviewed Live on WWL Radio

May 17, 2023

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Jillian Scudder was interviewed live on WWL radio for an hour on May 11 about all things space.

Matthew Rarey Concontributed Chapter to "Black Modernisms in the Transatlantic World"

May 17, 2023

Associate Professor of Art History Matthew Rarey contributed the chapter "Leave No Mark: Blackness and Inscription in the Inquisitorial Archive," to the volume Black Modernisms in the Transatlantic World. Edited by Steven Nelson and Huey Copeland, the book emerged out of meetings held at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 2018 and 2019. These meetings brought together leading scholars of Black art history to debate and remake the "boundaries of modernist art—its notions time and again focused on the singular white male European or American artist—with another set of imperatives, ethics, and histories, broadening our understanding of the past and present of modernism."

Matthew Rarey Presented Paper at Dumbarton Oaks Symposium

May 17, 2023

Associate Professor of Art History Matthew Rarey presented his paper "Fugitive Landscapes and the Challenge of Black Atlantic Cartographies: Brazil, 1763" at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. Rarey's paper was one of eleven invited presentations at Dumbarton Oaks' Spring Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium, entitled "Environmental Histories of the Black Atlantic World: Landscape Histories of the African Diaspora," organized by N. D. B. Connolly and Oscar de la Torre. The symposium brought together archaeologists, historians, art historians, and landscape architects to discuss and debate place-based histories of landscapes, waterscapes, and environments of the Black Atlantic world from the fifteenth through the twentieth century.

Allegra Hyde Works Published

May 10, 2023

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde published an essay on "Exit Strategies" in fiction at LitHub. She also published short fiction titled "Mobilization," about a vast herd of RVs, in the latest issue of Story. In Conjunctions, she published a short story titled "Dear Employee" about a eco-utopian vision for job redistribution. "Dear Employee" will be reprinted in Harper's Magazine this summer.

Daniel Zipp Collaborated with Students for Research Presentation

May 3, 2023

Sidnhy Cheng, Tiffany Yuen, and Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Zipp presented their research supported by Oberlin College’s student research assistantship grant at the annual meetings of the Urban Affairs Association in Nashville, TN. Their presentation focusing on Cleveland’s Asiatown neighborhood was entitled “From Chinatown to Asiatown: The Evolution of Asian American Neighborhoods.”