About Around the Square March 23, 2010

Student and Faculty Awards, Exhibitions, Publications


ChungThe Thomas J. Watson Foundation has recognized Oberlin seniors Maia Brown and Lisa Chung (left) as “graduates of unusual promise” and awarded each of them a $25,000 fellowship to pursue a one-year independent research project outside the United States.

Brown will study the ways in which the nations of Ireland and South AfricaMaia have curbed political conflict and attempt to apply such strategies to peace initiatives in the Middle East. Chung will engage with the world’s leading electronic artists and become an active part of the growing community surrounding technology-based art. Read more.

Norman Craig, emeritus professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was selected as a 2010 Senior Scientist Mentor by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The $20,000 award will support Craig’s research entitled Semi-Experimental Equilibrium Structures for Small Molecules. Craig is one of 12 award recipients and is a four-time awardee of this program.

Composer in residence and visiting distinguished professor David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion receivedDavid a Grammy award in February for Best Small Ensemble Performance. The Harmonia Mundi recording features the same ensemble that presented the work’s premiere at Carnegie Hall, Theatre of Voices, conducted by Paul Hillier. The CD also features Ars Nova Copenhagen performing several of David’s shorter works.

Math professor Bob Bosch has won the Mathematical Art Exhibition’s first prize for Embrace, a sculpted variation of a continuous line drawing. Constructed from stainless steel and brass, the work is an artistic rendition of a solution to the traveling salesman problem.


PeggyMusic education professor Peggy Bennett’s new book, RhymePlay: Playing with Children and Mother Goose, is based on activities she developed in her MusicPlay classes. “The simplicity and musical lilt of Mother Goose rhymes engages and enchants children as they play with language, dexterity, and imagination,” writes the Alfred Publishing on the book’s webpage. A book signing and reception took place in February at the Oberlin Bookstore.

An interview with jazz studies and double bass professor Peter Dominguez appeared February 1 in the online publication For Bass Players Only. The Q&A style article covers Peter’s career, from his earliest influences to teaching at Oberlin, which he describes as “a special place with a high concentration of talent and intellect.”

The University of Michigan Press in December published the book President Marvin Krislov co-edited, The NextMarvin Twenty-five Years: Affirmative Action in Higher Education in the United States and South Africa. An exploration of affirmative action’s continued place in 21st-century higher education, The Next Twenty-five Years assembles the viewpoints of some of the most influential scholars, educators, university leaders, and public officials. Its comparative essays span the political spectrum and dissect debates in two nations to elucidate the legal, political, social, economic, and moral dimensions of affirmative action in higher education and its role in contributing to a just, equitable, and vital society.

Kirk Ormand, associate professor of Classics, had an article selected to be reprinted in Oxford Readings in Classical Literature: Lucan, a collection of 17 of the most important articles on the Roman poet Lucan in the past 50-plus years, from Oxford University Press. Ormand’s article, titled “Lucan’s auctor vix fidelis,” (which means “Lucan’s Untrustworthy Narrator”) originally appeared in Classical Antiquity in 1994. Ormand’s article appears on pp. 324-345 of the volume.

Anne Trubek’s article, “Handwriting is History,” caused a sensation after appearing in Miller-McCune magazine in December. The New York Times picked it up for its December 23 Idea of the Day, where it generated more than 70 comments. The article was subsequently picked up by other websites and led to several radio interviews, including one with G. Gordon Liddy. “Maybe a first for an Oberlin prof,” says Anne, a professor of rhetoric and composition and English. The Miller-McCune article grew out of her February 2008 GOOD.is column and which she developed during a month-long residency at the Banff Centre in summer 2009. Most recently, the article has been selected for inclusion in Best Technology Writing 2010, due out in September from Yale University Press.

Also coming out this fall is Anne’s book, A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses, which the University of Pennsylvania Press is publishing. Her article on Langston Hughes' Cleveland house, “A Museum of One’s Own," appeared in the January 2010 issue of American Prospect magazine and was picked up by Arts and Letters Daily.com.


Emerging arts professor Julia Christensen’s work is and will be on display this spring. The Futures Cycle appears in the exhibition … in a most dangerous manner, was on view at Cleveland’s Spaces Gallery through March.

On February 25, Your Town Inc. opened at Western Michigan University’s Monroe-Brown Gallery. The installation explores the state of our built environment, and includes Unbox (2008), a sculptural construction Christensen built in collaboration with Oberlin students at Oberlin College.

Christensen’s new solo show, Surplus Rising, opened on March 1 at Ohio State University’s Banvard Gallery. Surplus Rising is an exploration into the infrastructure of global industry.

Jewish studies professor Abraham Socher is editor of the Jewish Review of Books (JRB), a new quarterly magazine devoted to Jewish literary and political affairs. A print publication, the JRB’s first issue is scheduled to come out this month. Read more about the endeavor in the Jewish Daily Forward.

A 40-year retrospective of emeritus art professor Athena Tacha’s career is on view until April 11 at the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece. Athena Tacha: From the Public to the Private includes more than 100 of Athena’s works and presents for the first time all aspects of her art—large outdoor commissions, body sculptures, photoworks, conceptual art, and films. The exhibition also will travel to Larissa and Athens during 2010.


swimmingThe men’s swimming and diving team has the highest GPA in the country regardless of division. The Yeomen’s 3.60 earned the team top honors on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s list of Scholar All-American teams for the 2009 fall semester. The Yeowomen have the 18th highest team GPA in Division III, with a mark of 3.42. Read more.

At the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, Clara Shaw ’10 was named the Middle Distance/Distance Runner of the Year after winning the mile (5:06.43) and 800 meters (2:16.35) and Head Track and Field Coach Ray Appenheimer was named the women's Coach of the Year. In women’s basketball, standout Allison Anderson ’13, who led the NCAC in assists (5.6 apg.) and steals (3.1 spg.), was voted the Newcomer of the Year.

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