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Former Associate Professor bell hooks Dies

December 20, 2021

Office of Communications

The author of more than 30 books, writer and social activist bell hooks died December 15 after an extended illness. From 1988 to 1994 hooks was as an associate professor in English and women’s studies at Oberlin. Her book Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism was named one of the twenty most influential woman’s books by Publishers Weekly and she was named one of the most influential women of the past century, by TIME.
Bell Hooks wearing orange top and talking on stage with a microphone in hand

This Week in Photos: Dancing, Swimming, Singing, Celebrating

December 14, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A student takes a few steps on a ladder and stretches one arm to the top of a large glowing menorah in the center of Tappan Square. The gold branched candelabra and flames glisten against the night sky, and those surrounding it look up at its brilliance. This Oberlin community gathering, in celebration of the last night of Hanukkah, leads off this week’s photo series.
A girl lights a large menorah.

Who is Jess West?

December 13, 2021

Yvonne Gay

Head Field Hockey Coach Jess West is in her happy place when she’s on the field. This might explain why she recalls playing during white-out conditions as a defensive player in college with such fondness. Learn more about West in this installment of Who Am I?
Photo portrait of a woman.

Teacher and Preservationist Jane T. Blodgett ’54 Dies

December 9, 2021

Office of Communications

Jane T. Blodgett, 89, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2021. Blodgett met her future husband, Robert S. Danforth Professor of History Geoffrey T. Blodgett, during her first year at Oberlin. After graduating, they returned to Oberlin and she spent 26 years teaching in the community. She was also an ardent historian who chaired the Oberlin Historic Preservation Commission for ten years. UPDATE: the memorial service for Jane Blodgett will take place at First Church on Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. Contributions may be made in Jane’s name to the Geoffrey T. Blodgett Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, Oberlin College Office of Advancement.
Head shot of Jane Blodgett

Who is Gregory Solow?

December 3, 2021

Yvonne Gay

When he’s not working in the conservatory library, Circulation Coordinator Gregory Solow could be found curled up with a good science fiction or fantasy book. Find out his winter reading or listening recommendations in this installment of Who Am I?
A portrait of a young man.

Who is Ilianna Velez?

November 29, 2021

Yvonne Gay

Interim Associate Director of the Multicultural Resource Center Ilianna Velez collaborates with campus and community partners. Find out how a recent achievement will extend her collaborative nature outside of work in this installment of Who Am I?
A portrait of a woman with one had on her hip.

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