Campus News

The Buzz on How to Win a Beauty Pageant

February 19, 2014
Communications Staff

The comparative American studies course How to Win a Beauty Pageant: Race, Gender, Culture, and U.S. National Identity was recently recognized on the popular pop culture website BuzzFeed for the second time in the past six months; the first mention was a BuzzFeed list that came out in August, which also included an Oberlin ExCo course.The class, taught by Afia Ofori-Mensa, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and a visiting assistant professor, was also one of 26 nationwide featured on an episode of the popular video blog Mental Floss—at about 3:06—that has gotten over a million views on YouTube since it was first posted in November.

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Where Am I?

July 22, 2020
This week’s Where Am I? is a small art exhibit with works created by both college and community members. Hand-painted leaves, intricate mosaics, drawings, and other forms of expression cling to the walls of buildings on campus and in the town of Oberlin. In fact, the piece pictured here is located in a space known for expression. Can you guess where it resides?
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From Double Major to Law School: Emily Kelly-Olsen ’19

July 22, 2020
A student athlete, Kelly-Olsen discovered her passion for politics and East Asian studies at Oberlin. She is currently a student at University of Michigan Law School and working as an associate at a law firm in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.