Kimberly Jackson Davidson Serves on National Higher Education Committee
Ombudsperson Kimberly Jackson Davidson is serving on the Higher Education Committee of 50, also called “Forward50.” This national committee is comprised of forward-thinking higher education leaders who are tasked with producing practical policy solutions and recommendations for members of Congress.
Nicholas Jones Publishes
Nicholas Jones, professor emeritus of English, has published A Poetry Precise and Free: Selected Madrigals of Guarini (University of Michigan Press, March 2018). Giovanni Battista Guarini, one of the most noted poets of 16th-century Italy, wrote hundreds of madrigals—that is, short lyric poems—that were widely read in their own right and also served as the texts for musical madrigals composed by the greatest composers of the day, including Claudio Monteverdi.
Jones’ project, begun during a sabbatical from Oberlin in 2001-02, gives these poems new life by translating them into contemporary English poetry: the book contains 150 of Guarini’s madrigals in the Italian and in Jones’ poetic translations, with a brief commentary on each poem. An introduction places Guarini’s poetry in its social and cultural context, both poetically and musically, and an appendix lists the many musical compositions derived from these madrigal poems.
More information is available at the University of Michigan Press website.
Paul Brehm Participates as Presenter, Session Chair, and Discussant
Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Paul Brehm participated as a paper presenter, session chair, and discussant at the annual Midwest Economics Association convention in Illinois.
Marco Wilkinson Presents on Conference Panel
Marco Wilkinson, managing editor of the Oberlin College Press presented at the national 2018 AWP creative writing conference. Wilkinson spoke on intersections of mindfulness, collaboration, and coexistence in the nature-writing classroom on the panel, "Beyond the Workshop Model: Innovations in the Creative Nonfiction Classroom."
Andrew Pau Delivers Paper on Debussy
Oberlin Conservatory associate professor of music theory Andrew Pau presented a paper at a conference at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England on March 19, 2018. The five-day program, Claude Debussy in 2018: a Centenary Celebration, marks the 100th anniversary of Debussy's death on March 25, 2018. Pau joins guest speakers from 13 countries who explore Debussy’s editions and sketches, critical and interpretative approaches, textual and cultural-historical analysis, and his legacy in performance, recording, composition and arrangement. His paper, "The Six épigraphes antiques and Debussy’s (Re)compositional Process," addressed Debussy’s "Style in History."
Carol Lasser Publishes
Emerita Professor of History Carol Lasser’s address to the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic appeared in the Journal of the Early Republic, Volume 38, Number 1, Spring 2018, pp. 1-35. It is titled "Conscience and Contradiction: The Moral Ambiguities of Antebellum Reformers Marcus and Rebecca Buffum Spring.”
Kathy Abromeit Presents
Kathy Abromeit, public services librarian in the conservatory library, presented “Creating Neural Pathways with Mindfulness: Music Information Literacy and the First-Year Music Student” at the annual meeting of the Music Library Association. The meeting took place from January 31 to February 4, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.
Professor Emerita Peggy Bennett Publishes New Book
Peggy Bennett, professor emerita of music education at Oberlin Conservatory, spent more than 40 years studying the processes of learning and living. With certifications in teaching, mediation, and life-coaching, Bennett was inspired to write her seventh book, Teaching with Vitality—Pathways to Heath and Wellness for Teachers and Schools. Published by Oxford University Press in November 2017, Teaching with Vitality presents common experiences and offers practical options for minimizing conflict while addressing the challenges of teaching and maintaining collegiality in schools.
Sheila Miyoshi Jager Quoted
Professor of East Asian Studies Sheila Miyoshi Jager was extensively quoted in a USA Today article that examined North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in light of the groundbreaking news that he extended an invitation to President Trump for an unprecedented summit.
Shelley Lee Featured in Ms. Magazine
Associate Professor of History Shelley Lee was featured on the Ms. Magazine blog in “Moving Forward by Looking Back: Feminist Scholars in Solidarity with Seo-Young Chu.”