Anuradha Dingwaney Needham Receives Fellowship

February 21, 2017

Anuradha Dingwaney Needham, the Donald R. Longman professor of English and cinema studies, has received a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship to conduct research in India on a collaborative project with well-known feminist scholar Rajeswari Sunder Rajan. Together, they are working on a monograph provisionally entitled Sighting/Citing/Siting Women in Postcolonial Indian Cinema: Feminist Readings. This project examines two periods, 1945-1965 and 1970-1990, in Indian cinema that witnessed a slew of women-centered films (i.e., films centering women as protagonists and/or engaging with issues related to women’s status and roles in society). The fellowship will enable Needham to examine archival materials at the Indian National Film Archives and meet with her collaborator and Indian film scholars. 

Marco Wilkinson Presents

February 20, 2017

Marco Wilkinson, managing editor of Oberlin College Press and instructor this spring of RHET 209 Art of the Lyric Essay: Experiments in Creative Nonfiction, presented at the AWP Conference as part of the panel, "Essaying on the Edge: Teaching Alternative Forms of Nonfiction," reported on by Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.

Steve Huff Publishes

February 10, 2017

Professor of German Steve Huff published an article titled "A Collision of Values: Text, Music, and Nascent Enlightenment in J.C. Gottsched's and J.S. Bach's Trauerode" (Lessing Yearbook XLIII 2016, 9-33). Co-authored with Dan Zager, the former Oberlin College Director of the Music Library who is now with the Eastman School of Music, the paper treats aesthetic and ideological tensions inherent in the transitional period between Baroque and Enlightenment and demonstrates how these are reflected in the Trauerode.

Ann Cooper Albright Leads Workshops

February 8, 2017

Ann Cooper Albright, professor and chair of the department of dance, led “Teaching in Three Dimensions” at Reed College in January 2017.  The daylong workshop was sponsored by the office of institutional diversity and was specifically designed for junior faculty and advanced graduate students working on issues of diversity in the classroom. While in the Northwest, she also taught a workshop entitled “Training a Political Body” for professional dancers at FLOCK, a cooperative studio in downtown Portland.

Rian Brown-Orso Receives Award

February 8, 2017

Rian Brown-Orso, associate professor of cinema studies and new media, received a 2017 individual excellence award from the Ohio Arts Council.

Renee Romano Appointed as Distinguished Lecturer

February 1, 2017

Renee Romano, Robert S. Danforth professor of history and professor of comparative American studies and Africana studies, has been appointed a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The OAH distinguished lecturer program operates as a speakers bureau dedicated to American history.

Sandy Zagarell Authors and Edits

February 1, 2017

Sandy Zagarell has coedited a special issue of the journal Legacy about African American writer, activist, and educator Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935). With coeditor Kate Adams, Zagarell authored the essay “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the Twenty-First Century,” which appears in that issue. See the Legacy website for the issue abstract.

The gallery of images that includes two previously unknown images of Dunbar-Nelson (one with then-husband Paul Laurence Dunbar) can be seen here.

Deborah Campana Presents

January 25, 2017

Deborah Campana, head of the conservatory library, presented a paper, "Free in the Ether: Digital Scores for Music Research," at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society held in Vancouver in November 2016. Under the auspices of the Music Library Association as the editor of their journal, Notes, she also hosted a conference reception to acknowledge author contributions.