Campus News

An Alumnus’ Connection to Bridge of Spies Swap

October 19, 2015

Communications Staff

Director Steven Spielberg’s latest film Bridge of Spies, in theaters this past weekend, tells the story of American insurance lawyer James Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), who first defended accused Russian operative Rudolf Abel, and then negotiated his swap for Central Intelligence Agency pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was being held by the Soviet Union following the 1960 U-2 incident.

But Powers wasn’t the only American Donovan demanded be released in the swap; he also negotiated the return of Oberlin College alumnus Frederic Pryor ’55, who had been arrested and held by East German authorities without charge for six months. Read more about Pryor’s role in the swap as well as the distinguished academic career that followed his imprisonment in the Mansfield News Journal.


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This Week in Photos: In Celebration of Returning Black Alumni

February 4, 2021

Author Ishmael Beah ’04 returned to Oberlin College in 2010 to discuss the publication of his New York Times best-selling book, A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Four years later Beah’s visit to Finney Chapel took place after the publication of Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel, which would go on to become another best-seller. Beah’s visits to campus serve as inspiration for this week’s photo series.
A man speaks into a microphone at a podium.