Selected Events

Stories from the Epicenter

February 20, 2018

The two visiting scholars from Banda Aceh, Asrul Sidiq and Zaujatul Amna, introduced themselves to Oberlin through this presentation on their experiences during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Asrul focused on city planning and disaster preparedness while Amna discussed the psychological impacts of the disaster, keeping in line with their respective fields of study.

Green Legacy Hiroshima “Spring Thaw”: A-Bomb Survivor Tree Visit

April 14, 2017

LIASE, the EAS department, the Biology Department, and Shansi co-sponsored this event to see a new promotional video from Green Legacy Hiroshima—created by Hiroshima Fellow, Annelise Giseburt ’16—and review the progress of the ginkgo seedlings in the Science Center. Biology Professor Mary Garvin gave an update of how the gingko and wisteria plants are faring since they have been moved outside, and discussed the future challenge of finding a suitable final location to plant them.

Careers to Write Home About; The Impact of a Shansi Fellowship

March 10, 2017

Former Shansi Fellows Jesse Gerstin and Brittany Jordan talked about their Shansi Fellowships, their experiences in Indonesia, and how their Fellowships helped prepare them for their current careers in environmental policy and education. 

Mid-Autumn Festival

September 23, 2016

On Friday night September 23, East Asian Studies celebrated Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, one of the important festivals celebrated across China in Asia House.  The Chinese language faculty encouraged their students to sing traditional songs while the appreciative audience enjoyed mooncakes, a round pastry filled with dense sweet filling that symbolizes the autumn moon during harvest time.  

Selamat Datang: Shansi Open House

April 21, 2016

Selamat datang, or “welcome” in Bahasa! In conjunction with APID month, Shansi is having an open house to highlight and celebrate Indonesia through music, food, and language! Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Jennifer Fraser and her students will perform and teach talempong, traditional gongs from Indonesia. Farah Diba, a Public Health lecturer at Syiah Kuala University (SKU) in Indonesia, will share a favorite home-cooked meal. Riswandi, an Economics lecturer at SKU will teach basic conversational phrases in Bahasa.

Taiko Artist Kenny Endo: 40th Anniversary Tour Performance

April 03, 2016

With a background in jazz, Kenny Endo has become a world renowned taiko artist. Since the 1970s during California's Asian American cultural renaissance, he has encouraged the innovation of taiko in America by pushing the boundaries and drawing from and incorporating funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Hawaiian musical traditions. 

Papermaking and book art across culture and history

January 04, 2016

Papermaking and book art through history and culture introduces students to papermaking and book arts through hands-on practice, field trips, and viewing objects in special collections at the main and art libraries on campus.

Ananda Shankar Jayant

February 23, 2015

As part of her three-day residency at Oberlin College, Ananda Shankar Jayant PhD, will be giving an open movement workshop that will be followed by a lecture-demonstration that is open to all. 

Celebrated as one of India’s most eminent and renowned classical dancer, choreographer and dance scholar, Ananda’s artistic body of work spans mythologies and abstraction, historical chronicles and women studies, poetry and abstraction, philosophy and humour.

As the artistic director of Shankarananda Kalakshetra, Ananda, leads an acclaimed ensemble, besides training and presenting the next generation of Bharatanatyam artists.

Oberlin Shansi presents the inaugural Jacobson-Cocco Distinguished Lecturer Ho Chao-ti

March 12, 2015

Independent documentary filmmaker, Ho Chao-ti, will discuss her work, especially two of her latest films, My Fancy High Heels and Sock ‘n’ Roll. She has made films centered on marginalized communities and non-mainstream issues, such as hybrid contemporary culture, and the hidden, more private costs of globalization.

Ho represents the new wave in Taiwanese cinema. Her films include Wandering Island (2009), The Gangster’s God (2006) andEl Salvador Journal (2008) that won the Documentary – Special Award in Taipei Film Festival.

OKSA Banquet

April 04, 2014

Shansi welcomes new Visiting Scholar, Teuku Roli Ilhamsyah Putra (Roli), to Oberlin for the Spring 2013 semester. Roli grew up in Banda Aceh, Indonesia and received his MBA from Syiah Kuala University. He is currently a PHD student at the University of Padjadjaran and a guest lecturer on topics ranging from finance management to marketing strategies.  Roli plans to spend his time at Oberlin furthering his PHD research, auditing classes, and exploring Oberlin pedagogical methods. He is most excited for travel opportunities and plans to visit Washington DC, New York City, and attend a business conference. He hopes his time in the US will provide alternative approaches for economic development, which he plans to share with the Aceh community when he returns.

Language, Power, and Education: A Symposium in Celebration of SITES’ 10th Year

April 07, 2014

Education Symposium celebrates both the 10-year anniversary of Spanish in the Elementary Schools (SITES) as well as kicks off the newly-created Education Studies Concentration!

Origins of Ravana

October 11, 2014

Origins of Ravana was performed in Warner on October 11 to a spellbound audience. The performance was a kathakali dance-drama from southern India. The celebrated performer, Kalamandalam Shanmukhan, was assisted by Viswanath Kaladharan, costumer and makeup artist, and T.R. Sukumaran, dance connoisseur and translator. Kathakali, which means “story play,” is a form of performance that unites dance, drama, music, literature, and martial arts. The performer’s makeup requires four hours of preparation, and enhances his ability to tell the story with shrugs and hand gestures, eye and jowl movements, and myriad other subtle motions. Paula Richman ‘74, Oberlin’s William H. Danforth Professor of South Asian Religions, invited this troupe to Oberlin in 2010 and we were delighted that she brought them back again this fall.

Moving the Movement! MAASC March 2014

March 14, 2014

The MRC‘s webpage states that this year’s MAASC will “will gather movers of multiple generations and disciplines to bring these critical conversations to the unique experiences of Asian Americans. They come from a number of ethnic communities within the Asian American diaspora including Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Thai, Filipino, and Vietnamese communities with grassroots activism, community advocacy, political organizing, academia and research, visual and performing arts, social media, library science, and law as areas of focus.”

The theme this year is “Moving the Movement: Asian American Radicalism Reimagined.” Thoughtful guest bios, logistics, schedule, the MAASC 2014 Mission Statement, and history of the conference can all be found on the Multicultural Resource Center webpage.

Winter Term In Indonesia

January 01, 2014

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology and Oberlin Shansi Trustee Jennifer Fraser and Associate Professor of Music Theory Jan Miyake traveled through Indonesia with a group of 10 Oberlin College and Conservatory students over the month of January. The group spent three weeks exploring music, Islam and disasters in Banda Aceh, West Sumatra and Yogyakarta. Jenny wrote, “While we witnessed a number of performances, I believe we gained far more from the interactive workshops with local artists where we studied arts ranging from meukeusat (an Acehnese seated form that integrates song, movement, and body percussion) to randai (a Minangkabau theater form that combines martial arts, song, dance and pant-percussion). Learning these styles helped illustrate the intricate relationship between what we call “music,” “dance,” and “theater” and that in some other parts of the world there aren’t necessarily words to distinguish between these different arts.”

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