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.
Throughout the years Black alumni have given lectures, performances, and master classes at Oberlin. We invite you to relive some of these events.
A large flat puck glides down a long plastic rink. Where this disc lands will determine the next move so the players watch intently as it slides. This friendly game on a cool winter day serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.
In her former position, Heather Martin was responsible for tracking all of the many events held during Commencement/Reunion Weekend. Today she schedules nearly 500 performances and thousands of rehearsals as a member of the Concert Production Office. What’s her trick to managing it all? Find out in this installment of Who Am I?
Dozens of handcrafted mugs of varying shapes, shades, and textures rest on tables throughout a large meeting space at First Church in Oberlin. These small, handheld items make for terrific gifts, and are traditionally sold in December. They also serve as inspiration for this week’s photo series.