Kirk Ormand Delivers Two Lectures

October 31, 2018

Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand has recently delivered two public lectures. In September, he gave a paper titled “Women in and out of Time: Sappho and Atalanta” at Brown University. In October, Ormand participated in the 5th International Conference on Mythcriticism at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, Spain (Oct. 17-19), where he delivered “Verhoeven’s Robocop as Modern Oedipus.” 

Christopher Trinacty Lectures, Publishes

October 30, 2018

Christopher Trinacty, associate professor of classics, gave an invited lecture titled “The End of the World: Catastrophic Flooding in Seneca’s Natural Questions” at George Washington University. The lecture suggests a new way of reading the flood narrative of the work as part of larger Stoic ideas about time and cyclical history. Trinacty also published a chapter in the volume Intratextuality and Latin Literature (DeGruyter, 2018). The chapter, “Nulla res est quae non eius quo nascitur notas reddat (Nat. 3.21.2): Intertext to Intratext in Senecan Prose and Poetry” analyzes the way that Seneca links his works to those of his predecessors. Trinacty also published a book review on P. Kragelund’s Roman Historical Drama: The Octavia in Antiquity and Beyond in the journal Gnomon 90 (2018) 660-62.

Matthew Wright Directs World Premiere

October 26, 2018

Matthew Wright, professor of theater, directed the world premiere of Everything is Okay (and other helpful lies), co-written and co-composed by Cleveland-based aritsts Melissa T. Crum and Caitlin Lewins. The musical runs October 26 through November 10, 2018, at Cleveland Public Theatre.

Sam Shonkoff Presents Colloquium

October 25, 2018

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies Sam Shonkoff was a 2018 Shneer Fellow at University of Colorado, Boulder, from October 22 through 25, 2018. During his fellowship, Shonkoff presented a faculty and staff colloquium "From the Frankfurt Lehrhaus to Havurat Shalom: Fellowship, Renewal, Counterculture" about his archival work with the Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Papers, which are held at the university.

Matthew Rarey Invited to Seminar Series

October 24, 2018

Matthew Rarey, assistant professor of art history, is one of a select group of scholars invited to participate in "Black Modernisms," a two-part seminar series taking place in October 2018 and April 2019 at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The seminars are part of CASVA's new initiative to support research on African-American and African art.

Matthew Senior Contributes Chapter

October 24, 2018

Matthew Senior, Ruberta T. McCandless professor of French, contributed a chapter,“Classify and Display: Human and Animal Species in Linnaeus and Cuvier,” to Animals, Animality and Literature, Bruce Boehrer, Molly Hand, and Brian Massumi, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2018. The essay examines the intersection and overlap between systems of classification for plants and animals and those used to classify humans according to racialized anatomical differences. For this article Senior consulted rich holdings in natural history in the Special Collections department of Oberlin Libraries, including a famous illustration from the work of Linnaeus depicting intermediate species between Homo sapiens and members of the ape family.

Bautista, Fraser, and Kerchner Present at Conference

October 23, 2018

Three faculty members presented "Transformative Imaginations: Decarceration and Liberatory Futures" at the October 2018 Imagining America National Conference in Chicago. The faculty were: Jody Kerchner, professor of music education, director in the division of pedagogy, advocacy, and community engagement, and community-based learning/research faculty fellow; Jennifer Fraser, associate professor of ethnomusicology and anthropology; Adrian Bautista, comparative american studies and senior associate dean for strategic initiatives.