In Their Words

Professor of Comparative American Studies Gina Perez, the author of Citizen, Student, Soldier: Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the American Dream and a recipient of Oberlin’s Excellence in Teaching Award, discusses in an editorial why she believes there is such an urgent need for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

With comprehensive immigration reform, we wouldn’t need sanctuary cities or zero tolerance policies at the border. Nor would we be in the embarrassing position of violating international law by separating children from their families or attempting to deny people their right to petition for asylum. Instead we could have a workable framework dealing with the reality of immigration that would foster sensible policies and would allow people to live and work without the fear of being separated from the ones they love.
Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies Source: Morning Journal

Spotlight

Students performing Angel in America.

Matthew Wright Brings Angels to Life

May 14, 2017

Producing the play "Angels in America" has long been an ambition of Professor of Theater Matthew Wright. His national credits include productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Clarence Brown Company, Studio Arena Theatre of Buffalo, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Florida Stage and New Theatre.

Michael Moore looking through files.

Reborn Herbarium is a Boon to Biodiversity

July 19, 2018

Professor of Biology Michael Moore has been collecting plant species from all over North America and up until recently, he’s preserved and stored these species with the intent of donating them to nearby museums.

Commentary

Learning from Environmental Success

June 6, 2018

Matthew Elrod

Professor Matthew Elrod shares his thoughts on the accomplishments made in the fight against air pollution and his hope that these achievements will encourage people to support policies that will protect this environmental success story and potential applications to other eco-problems.

Profile

Understanding the Real-World Implications of Studying Economics

May 18, 2018

Professor of Economics John Duca joined the college’s faculty his spring to teach advanced macroeconomics, money and banking, and intermediate macroeconomics. From 1991 to 2017, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he last served as the associate director of research and vice president, supervising research in macroeconomics and finance. From1986 to 1991, he was at the Federal Reserve Board where he briefed former chair Paul Volcker and former chair Alan Greenspan.

33 Questions with the Professor

Robert S. Danforth Professor of Biology Yolanda Cruz

Professor Cruz’s current research interests are marsupial reproduction and development. The research projects currently under way in her lab concern cell lineage analysis in marsupial embryos, sperm pairing in New World marsupials, and embryo-maternal signaling in marsupial embryonic development.

Faculty and Staff Notes

  • Meredith Gadsby Attends Celebration of Toni Morrison's Life and Legacy

    November 7, 2019

    Meredith Gadsby, associate professor of Africana studies and faculty liaison, Toni Morrison Society, attended a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Toni Morrison at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) on November 6, 2019. Morrison, Nobel Prize Laureate, novelist, literary and cultural critic was honored for her profound contributions to the arts, culture, and the humanities. Keynote speaker Dr. Marilyn Sanders-Mobley, a founding member of the Toni Morrison Society, reminded guests of Morrison's brilliant explorations of human experience and most of all, her "profound love for Black people." LCCC students Jason Jordan and Toni McClinton expressed great pride in their research on Morrison, feeling deeply connected to her story of growing up in Lorain, Ohio.  A short documentary showed her commitment to elevating that history by embedding places from her hometown in her novels. Jewon Woo, associate professor of english at LCCC, guides her students through Morrison's work, leading their research on her representation of the intimate lives of Black communities in the Midwest. Professor Emerita Marilyn Valentino and Denise M. Douglas, dean of social sciences and human services, hosted a diverse audience that included members of Morrison's family. 

  • Film by Rian Brown-Orso and Geoff Pingree Released on Amazon Prime

    November 7, 2019

    The Foreigner's Home, a film about Toni Morrison at the Louvre, directed by Associate Professor of Cinema Studies Rian Brown-Orso and Professor of Cinema Studies and English Geoff Pingree, was just released on Amazon Prime. The pair were also interviewed about the documentary by CAN Journal.

  • Alice Blumenfeld Presents Paper

    November 6, 2019

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Alice Blumenfeld presented a paper at Butoh Next, an international butoh symposium in New York City. The paper titled "A Butoh Approach to Flamenco" draws from her research with a Powers Travel Grant through Oberlin's internal grant program.

Faculty Scholarship

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