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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Oberlin in Photos

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Since its re-emergence in 2015, Oberlin’s student-run, general interest science publication— the Synapse has intrigued readers with subject matter such as the first human head transplant to how algorithms can create realistic faces from scratch. And leading those articles are impactful illustrations that become stories all their own. In this photo series, we look at this publication’s art of science.