About The Source May 6, 2009
 

Of Publishing and Running: Faculty and Staff Notes


The Source invites all faculty and staff members to send news of their recently published works, presentations, recordings, and performances for inclusion in the e-newsletter.

Fifteen of the 71 runners who competed in the city of Oberlin's Earth Day 5K run on April 18 were College employees - 10 faculty and 5 staff members. Earning third-place honors in their age categories were Terri Pleska, Kris Surovjak, and Kevin Woods. Second-place medals went to Alan Estep, Karla Hubbard, Angie Roles, and Jordan Suter. Rob Thompson won the 50 to 59 age group for males, and Alexa Sharp was the top female runner in all categories (sixth place overall) with a time of 21:54.

French professor Matt Senior's book, The Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Enlightenment has won a 2008 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles award. Choice magazine, a publication of the American Library Association, bestows the awards each January to books that have been reviewed in the publication. The selective process awards about 10 percent of some 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year. Matt also has been elected to the national Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association for a three-year term.

Classics professor Drew Wilburn has won a Loeb Classical Library Foundation fellowship to support the completion of his book, Materia Magica: Local Expressions of Magic in the Roman Mediterranean. The Loeb Classical Library Foundation provides internationally competitive funding for faculty in archaeology, Greek, and Latin to conduct and publish research. Drew is investigating and comparing the physical remains of magical practice at three disparate sites in the Roman world: Karanis in Egypt, Amathous on Cyprus, and Empúries in Spain. He is using a novel integrative research paradigm that relates material culture to its local context and thus represents a significant departure from other studies of magic in antiquity, which have relied primarily on textual evidence through literature and inscriptions. The traditional approach has often led to a construction of magic as an undifferentiated practice across the Mediterranean. Drew's work, conversely, suggests that magic, while relying upon a shared corpus of magical symbols and phrases, was inherently rooted within the local community.

Grover Zinn, emeritus professor of religion, has been elected a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, the premier professional organization for medievalists. The academy has only 125 fellows at any one time, and Grover joins another member of Oberlin's emeriti faculty in the current group of fellows, Marcia Colish.

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