Technology and Consciousness: A Convocation with Martine Rothblatt

(published on November 8, 2015) Martine Rothblatt was traveling around the world with her flute, taking a break from college following the completion of her sophomore year. She began playing with a band in India and, after practice one day, she and one of the members went to see a nearby NASA satellite. Noting that … Continue reading Technology and Consciousness: A Convocation with Martine Rothblatt

On Studying Away

(published on November 5, 2015) Even as a high school senior, I was planning on studying abroad in college—probably for my full junior college year, but definitely, at minimum, one full semester. After arriving at Oberlin, I quickly declared my major in politics. I picked up my minor in French a year later; I’d been … Continue reading On Studying Away

Writing and Capitalism: Zadie Smith Ponders “Why Write?”

(published October 6, 2015) Last Tuesday, critically acclaimed British writer Zadie Smith spoke in Finney Chapel, which was packed with student writers and community members. Smith is a Jamaican-English writer, and grew up in a northern suburb of London. She is the author of five books, the first of which—White Teeth, published in 2000 just … Continue reading Writing and Capitalism: Zadie Smith Ponders “Why Write?”

National Security Panel Highlights Necessities (and Dangers) of “Big Data”

(published April 23, 2015) The Navigating National Security panel on April 16 featured an exemplary group of (mostly) Oberlin alumni, who spoke to an audience at the Apollo Theater about balancing national security and the privacy of individuals. The panelists have worked in a vast range of positions within the intelligence community. The group included … Continue reading National Security Panel Highlights Necessities (and Dangers) of “Big Data”

Radiolab Co-Hosts Return to Oberlin

(published September 25, 2014) “Aside from the Inn,” everything looks the same from Tappan, joked Jad Abumrad ’95, in reference to the major construction at the Oberlin Inn. Waxing nostalgic, Robert Krulwich ’69 recalled feeling surrounded by New Yorkers when he first arrived at Oberlin in the 1960s: “New Yorkers came in on their horses, and then … Continue reading Radiolab Co-Hosts Return to Oberlin

A Guide to the College Music Scene

(published September 18, 2014) We all know that Oberlin’s vibrant music scene extends beyond the borders of the conservatory building. Tons of awesome bands that come to the Cat and the Sco, and so many bands had members who went to Oberlin! A few that come to mind are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Deerhoof, Liz Phair, … Continue reading A Guide to the College Music Scene

Lena Dunham- the “Voice of a Generation”?

(published February 17, 2014) In a small press conference at 2:15pm last Saturday, a writer for The Grape joked that there would be protestors filed outside of Finney Chapel, awaiting Dunham’s grand entrance—picket signs and everything. “Maybe I’ll join them!” Dunham laughed. There is no question that Dunham has become one of the most celebrated recent Oberlin alums. … Continue reading Lena Dunham- the “Voice of a Generation”?