Oberlin College and Conservatory

Events

May 24 - 30, 2019

Sunday, May 26

5K Fun Run and Walk

A family friendly annual event. Coordinated by Ray Appenheimer, head coach of track and cross country. Sponsored by the Heisman Club. Please arrive by 8:15...

Friday, May 24

A Peek Through the Portal

A history of the people, structure, and artwork associated with the original Oberlin Conservatory building, Warner Hall, which sat on the space occupied...

Saturday, May 25

Academic and Administrative Program Review (AAPR) Updates and Discussion

In the spring of 2018, Oberlin College launched an extraordinary project of institutional self-examination and strategic reimagining, designed to build a new...

Admissions 101

The Oberlin College Office of Admissions invites the high school-aged children of faculty, staff, our local community and alumni to attend our annual...

Sunday, May 26

Africana Graduation Ceremony

A pre-Commencement ceremony to celebrate the graduation and accomplishments of students of the African diaspora.

Africana Studies Department Open House

Host: Candice Raynor, director and faculty-in-residence of africana studies. Dinner will be served directly following the Black Family Appreciation Ceremony...

Saturday, May 25

Alumni Bowling Fun Raiser

Bowling Team alumni compete against current student bowlers in the 30th annual event.

Sunday, May 26

Alumni/Commencement Contact Jam

This annual event celebrates the legacy of Oberlin College's seminal involvement with the history of contact improvisation and brings the many generations of...

Anthropology Department Open House

Host: Erika Hoffman-Dilloway, chair and associate professor of anthropology.

Archaeological Studies Program Open House

Host: Amanda Schmidt, chair and program director of archaeological studies.

Art Department Faculty Open Studios

Stop by the faculty open studios to view work of the art department faculty members.

Art Department Faculty Open Studios

Stop by to see the art work produced by art department faculty in the Faculty Studios and the Julia Severance Faculty Studio.

Art Department Open House

Hosts: Christina Neilson, chair and associate professor of Renaissance and baroque art history, and Kristina Paabus, chair of studio art and associate...

Saturday, May 25

Asian/Pacific Islander Diaspora Graduation Ceremony

A pre-commencement ceremony to celebrate the graduation and accomplishments of the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora.

Friday, May 24

Astronomical Observation and Tours

Sponsored by physics and astronomy staff. All are welcome.

Saturday, May 25

Barefoot Dialogue Student Panel

Barefoot Dialogue is an experiment in human and land relating and belongs in the larger genre of sustained dialogue. Barefoot brings together groups of 12-16...

Bike Ride to Krieg's Frozen Custard

This excursion, led by Bike Co-op mechanics, will venture to a classic and unmissable destination, Krieg's It'z the Berries Frozen Custard! The ride is about...

Sunday, May 26

Black Parents and Family Appreciation Dinner

Family appreciation dinner for students of the African diaspora and their family members directly follows the Africana Graduation Ceremony.

Saturday, May 25

Bonner Center for Service and Learning (BCSL) Open House

The Bonner Center collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to advance community-identified goals, student learning, and scholarship...

Sunday, May 26

Bonner Scholars Graduation Celebration

A ceremony celebrating graduating Bonner Scholars and their accomplishments.

Campus Illumination and Commencement Concert

Tappan Square at its most beautiful, with hundreds of colored Japanese lanterns strung across the green. An Oberlin jazz ensemble will begin performing at...

Monday, May 27

Chabad Graduation Celebration

Bring your friends and family for a delicious lunch. Hosted by Rabbi Shlomo and Devorah Elkan. All Chabad events are open to everyone, regardless of...

Friday, May 24

Champagne Social for Alumni and Graduating Seniors

Enjoy plenty of food in an interactive and intergenerational setting, toast the Class of 2019 as we welcome them into the Alumni Association, celebrate the...

Sunday, May 26

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Open House

Host: Jason Belitsky, chair and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry department

Saturday, May 25

Choral Sing

All reunion attendees, parents, and friends are invited to attend or join in singing the Brahms 'German Requiem.' We sing in fond memory of our departed...

Choreo Hip-Hop Dance Performance

Choreo is a co-ed hip-hop fusion dance troupe featuring student choreographed performances. Its mission is to be a source of artistic expression and learning...

Sunday, May 26

Choreo Hip-Hop Dance Performance

Choreo is a co-ed hip-hop fusion dance troupe featuring student choreographed performances. Its mission is to be a source of artistic expression and learning...

Cinema Studies Program Open House

Hosts: Jeffrey Pence, chair and associate professor of cinema studies and English, and Rian Brown-Orso, associate professor of cinema studies.

Friday, May 24

Cinema Studies Screening: The Best Student Films of the Year (Program A)

This special program features the best Oberlin student narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films of 2018-19. All are welcome.

Saturday, May 25

Cinema Studies Screening: The Best Student Films of the Year (Program B)

This special program features the best Oberlin student narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental films of 2018-19. All are welcome.

Sunday, May 26

Class of 1969 Memorial Service

This service of music, readings, quiet time, and the naming of our deceased classmates will provide an opportunity to remember and reflect on the friends we...

Class of 2019 Family Social

Enjoy an informal social of celebration for graduates, parents, families, and guests. Deans and directors will be on hand to extend congratulations to...

Classics Department Open House

Host: Ben Lee, acting chair and professor of classics. Please stop in King-Rice Building, Courtyard. If inclement weather, meet in King Building, Room 105.

Saturday, May 25

Commencement Recital I

Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. A performance featuring Conservatory of Music students from the graduating Class of...

Sunday, May 26

Commencement Recital II

Watch the webcast – Streamed live at concert time. A performance featuring Conservatory of Music students from the graduating Class of...

Friday, May 24

Commencement Special Jam

This annual event celebrates the legacy of Oberlin College's seminal involvement with the history of contact improvisation and brings the many generations of...

Sunday, May 26

Community Event: Illumination Art Show

Enjoy a 35-year Oberlin community tradition and visit the Illumination Art Show, featuring works of art by Oberlin High School students. Purchases benefit...

Comparative American Studies Program Open House

Host: Shelley Lee, chair and associate professor of comparative American studies and history, and affiliate of the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies...

Comparative Literature Program Open House

Host: Jed Deppman, director of comparative literature and professor of comparative literature and English.

Computer Science Department Open House

Host: Robert Geitz, chair and associate professor of computer science.

Saturday, May 25

Concert:  Acapelicans, Nothing But Treble, Obertones, and 'Round Midnight

A cappella music for everyone! From Bach to Beatles, fusion to funk, these students rock the house, a cappella style.

Conservatory Reception

A celebratory reception congratulating the Class of 2019 and recognizing families and alumni of the conservatory and college music degree programs. Hosted by...

Creative Writing Program Open House

Host: DeSales Harrison, director of creative writing, and associate professor of English.

Dance Department Open House

Hosts: Holly Handman-Lopez, visiting assistant professor of dance, and Caroline Jackson Smith, chair of theater and professor of theater and Africana studies.

Sunday, May 26

Documentary Screening: Eye on the ’60s

A fascinating recollection of a remarkable era in American History—the 1960's, seen through the work of noted Life Magazine photographer Rowland Scherman...

Friday, May 24

Documentary: The Foreigner's Home

Documentary on the intellectual and artistic vision of Toni Morrison. Directed and produced by cinema studies professors Geoff Pingree and Rian...

Saturday, May 25

Documentary: The Foreigner's Home

Documentary on the intellectual and artistic vision of Toni Morrison. Directed and produced by cinema studies professors Geoff Pingree and Rian...

Sunday, May 26

East Asian Studies Program Open House

Host: Hsiu-Chuang Deppman, director of East Asian studies, and professor of Chinese and cinema studies.

English Department Open House

Host: Jeffrey Pence, chair and associate professor of English and cinema studies.

Saturday, May 25

Environmental Studies Program Open House

Host: Md Rumi Shammin, director and associate professor of environmental studies.

Sunday, May 26

Exhibition: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting: Tang Dynasty through the Early 20th century

Come view the exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting featuring works representing the Tang Dynasty through the early 20th century,.

Exhibition: The Mudd Center's 45th Anniversary Celebration

This exhibition features 19th Century Oberlin College Women, a series of monoprints by Suzanne Benton, and featuring Benton's new monoprint of Mary Church...

Friday, May 24

Exhibition: The Mudd Center's 45th Anniversary Celebration

This exhibition features 19th Century Oberlin College Women, a series of monoprints by Suzanne Benton, and featuring Benton's new monoprint of Mary Church...

Saturday, May 25

Exhibition: The Mudd Center's 45th Anniversary Celebration

This exhibition features 19th Century Oberlin College Women, a series of monoprints by Suzanne Benton, and featuring Benton's new monoprint of Mary Church...

Sunday, May 26

Friday, May 24

Exhibitions from the Conservatory Library's Special Collections

Exhibits feature jazz and American music, including the collections of James and Susan Neumann, Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton, and Frederick R. Selch.

Sunday, May 26

Exhibitions from the Conservatory Library's Special Collections

Exhibits feature jazz and American music, including the collections of James and Susan Neumann, Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton, and Frederick R. Selch.

Saturday, May 25

Exhibitions from the Conservatory Library's Special Collections

Exhibits feature jazz and American music, including the collections of James and Susan Neumann, Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton, and Frederick R. Selch.

Monday, May 27

Exhibitions from the Conservatory Library's Special Collections

Exhibits feature jazz and American music, including the collections of James and Susan Neumann, Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton, and Frederick R. Selch.

Sunday, May 26

Exhibitions: Enjoy the Permanent Collection and Thematic Offerings at the Allen Memorial Art Museum

The strength of the AMAM’s permanent collection is featured, along with eight special exhibitions. These include The Body is the Map: Approaches to Land in...

Friday, May 24

Exhibitions: Enjoy the Permanent Collection and Thematic Offerings at the Allen Memorial Art Museum

The strength of the AMAM’s permanent collection is featured, along with eight special exhibitions. These include The Body is the Map: Approaches to Land in...

Saturday, May 25

Exhibitions: Enjoy the Permanent Collection and Thematic Offerings at the Allen Memorial Art Museum

The strength of the AMAM’s permanent collection is featured, along with eight special exhibitions. These include The Body is the Map: Approaches to Land in...

Sunday, May 26

Faculty Talk: Elisha Gray - The Edison of Oberlin College

Roderic Knight, emeritus professor of ethnomusicology, will give a brief talk about his showcase exhibit on Elisha Gray, who could also be called "Oberlin’s...

Saturday, May 25

Faculty Talk: Elisha Gray - The Edison of Oberlin College

Roderic Knight, emeritus professor of ethnomusicology, will give a brief talk about his showcase exhibit on Elisha Gray, who could also be called "Oberlin’s...

Faculty Talk: Elisha Gray - The Edison of Oberlin College

Roderic Knight, emeritus professor of ethnomusicology, will give a brief talk about his showcase exhibit on Elisha Gray, who could also be called "Oberlin’s...

Fairchild Chapel Organ Demonstration

David Kazimir Õ99, curator of organs, will demonstrate the Brombaugh meantone organs.

Friday, May 24

Family Style Shabbos Dinner

Join us for our Family Shabbat Dinner Celebration honoring the Class of 2019. Come and go as you please. All visiting family, friends, and alumni are welcome...

Saturday, May 25

Finney Chapel Organ Demonstration

David Kazimir '99, curator of organs, will demonstrate the Fisk organ.

Sunday, May 26

French and Italian Department Open House

Hosts: Matthew Senior, chair and Ruberta T. McCandless Professor of French, and KŽvin Rocheron, faculty in residence/lecturer in French.

Saturday, May 25

Friends of the Libraries Reception

Reception for Friends of the Libraries, alumni authors, former library student assistants, alumni librarians, and anyone else who loves books and libraries.

Gathering in Honor of Professor Dan Stinebring

The Physics and Astronomy Department will host a retirement symposium in honor of Dan Stinebring, professor of physics. The symposium will feature...

Sunday, May 26

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Open House

Host: Greggor Mattson, director of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies, and associate professor of sociology.

Geology Department Open House

Host: Steve Wojtal, professor of geology. Welcome geology grads, alums, family, and friends!

German Language and Literatures Department Open House

Hosts: Steve Huff, chair of German Language and Literatures, and professor of German, and Adrienne Merritt, faculty in residence/lecturer in German.

Friday, May 24

Graduating Seniors’ Art Exhibition in Fisher Gallery

A group exhibition featuring the work of the studio art Class of 2019.

Saturday, May 25

Sunday, May 26

Hispanic Studies Program Open House

Host: Sebastiaan Faber, chair and professor of Hispanic studies, and Yorki Encalada, faculty in residence at La Casa Hisp‡nica/lecturer in Hispanic studies.

History Department Open House

Host: Renee Romano, chair and professor of history, Africana studies, and comparative American studies, and affiliate of the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist...

Friday, May 24

International Students, Families, and Friends Reception

Reception for graduating international students and their friends and families. Hosted by Josh Whitson, assistant dean of students and director,...

Sunday, May 26

Latin American Studies Program Open House

Host: Patrick O’Connor, interim chair of Latin American studies, associate professor of Hispanic studies and comparative literature.

Saturday, May 25

Latinx Graduation Ceremony

A pre-commencement ceremony to celebrate the graduation and accomplishments of Latinx students.

Sunday, May 26

Mathematics Department Open House

Host: Kevin Woods, chair and associate professor of mathematics.

Meditation at Oberlin

Jacques Rutzky, a Buddhist practictioner, meditation teacher, and affiliate for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, will host sitting meditation....

Saturday, May 25

Meditation at Oberlin

Jacques Rutzky, a Buddhist practictioner, meditation teacher, and affiliate for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, will host sitting meditation....

Sunday, May 26

Multifaith Baccalaureate Celebration

A multifaith celebration with blessings and reflections in honor of the Class of 2019, alumni, families, and friends, including musical tributes by...

Neuroscience Department Open House

Host: Tracie Paine, chair and associate professor of neuroscience.

OCircus

Folk circus Oberlin style! Jugglers, tumblers, stilt-walkers, and other performers present a family friendly show. Suitable for children of all ages.

Oberlin Baroque in Concert

Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. The Conservatory of Music, a pioneer and leader in historically informed performance, presents a program...

Oberlin Bike Co-op BBQ

Join us at the Bike Co-op for live music, burger-eating, ice cream-licking, mural-painting, and more. If you rented a bike, this is also the perfect time to...

Oberlin Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Open House

Host: Arlene Forman, chair and associate professor of Russian.

Monday, May 27

Oberlin College Commencement

Oberlin College Commencement festivities will begin as college and conservatory faculty will walk in procession onto Tappan Square, where parents, family...

Saturday, May 25

Oberlin College Taiko

Taiko means wide drum in Japanese; Oberlin Taiko means a great show, lots of energy, and plenty of drums. In the event of inclement weather, the performance...

Sunday, May 26

Oberlin College Taiko

Taiko means wide drum in Japanese; Oberlin Taiko means a great show, lots of energy, and plenty of drums. In the event of inclement weather, the performance...

Saturday, May 25

Oberlin College Track & Field vs NCAA Championships

Oberlin College Track & Field vs NCAA Championships Streaming Video: https://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/ https://goyeo.com/calendar.aspx?id=5120

Friday, May 24

Oberlin College Track & Field vs NCAA Championships

Oberlin College Track & Field vs NCAA Championships Streaming Video: https://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/ https://goyeo.com/calendar.aspx?id=5119

Saturday, May 25

Oberlin Contra Dance

What's a great way to celebrate the Class of 2019? Dance with them! No experience necessary, no partner needed. Come contra dancing to live music provided by...

Oberlin Dance Showcase

This special program features selections from student dance performances of 2018-19. All are welcome.

Sunday, May 26

Oberlin Improv Extravaganza

Sunshine Scouts, Primitive Streak, Kid Business, and Neurotic Fiction perform back to back for your viewing pleasure. All are welcome, but most appropriate...

Friday, May 24

Oberlin Lambda Alumni & Multicultural Resource Center Colloquium and Lavender Graduation Ceremony

An event for LGBTQ alumni and graduates. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Sunday, May 26

Oberlin Shansi Breakfast

For alumni, students, friends, and parents interested in Oberlin Shansi and its programs in Asia. The 2019 Shansi Fellows will be recognized.

Saturday, May 25

Oberlin Shansi Open House

Meet Oberlin Shansi trustees, staff, and the 2019 Shansi Fellows.

Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) Alumni Picnic

OSCA alumni, family, and friends are welcome to assist with cooking and cleaning for the event in addition to enjoying the picnic. To be involved, send an...

Oberlin Swimming and Diving Alumni Gathering

Co-hosted by Emeritus Professor Dick Michaels and Alex de la Pe–a, head coach of swimming and diving.

Oberlin Swing Society Dance

Try your hand (and feet) at swinging the night away! Beginner swing lesson taught from 8-9 p.m. Dance to recorded music from 9 p.m. until midnight. Come to...

Oberlin Theater Showcase

Please join us as we celebrate this now annual tradition featuring selections from student and faculty-directed performances from 2018-19. All are welcome.

Oberlin Ultimate Annual Alumni Game

A friendly alumni reunion game and get-together for all Ultimate players.

Sunday, May 26

Oberlin Ultimate Annual Alumni Game

A friendly alumni reunion game and get-together for all Ultimate players.

Saturday, May 25

Observe the Night Sky

Public observing available at the Oberlin College Observatory and Planetarium. If clear, we will observe the sky using our telescopes and binoculars. If...

Friday, May 24

Observe the Night Sky

Public observing available at the Oberlin College Observatory and Planetarium. If clear, we will observe the sky using our telescopes and binoculars. If...

Sunday, May 26

Observe the Night Sky

Public observing available at the Oberlin College Observatory and Planetarium. If clear, we will observe the sky using our telescopes and binoculars. If...

Open House at the Frank Lloyd Wright House

Open house at the 1947-49 Usonian house with presentations beginning every half-hour. Admission is $10 for adults (cash or check, payable at the house only),...

Friday, May 24

Organ Pump: Late Night Music and Antics

Enjoy a fun-filled musical spectacle! Hilarity guaranteed. Sponsored by the Organ Pump Committee of Oberlin.

Saturday, May 25

Panel and Discussion: The Long and Winding Road: Obies and Career Switching

Join us for a panel discussion on the topic of career switching/pivoting. Obies have been pioneering this long before it became a part of the mainstream. Are...

Permaculture Workshop

Permaculture is a design methodology that uses the resilience and diversity of evolved ecosystems as inspiration for creating human-built landscapes. It has...

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony and Reception

Phi Beta Kappa members and families of elected students are welcome. Hosted by the campus Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Sunday, May 26

Philosophy Department Open House

Host: Martin Thomson-Jones, chair and professor of philosophy. Gather in the courtyard areas of King and Rice; in case of inclement weather, open house will...

Physics and Astronomy Department Open House

Hosts: Jason Stalnaker, chair and associate professor, and physics and astronomy faculty and staff members.

Politics Department Open House

Host: Marc Blecher, chair and professor of politics.

Posse Scholars IX Commencement Reception

Celebrating the graduation of the ninth Posse Scholars class at Oberlin College (by invitation only).

Presidential Address and Crimson and Gold Convocation

A special Commencement/Reunion Weekend convocation featuring President Carmen Twillie Ambar's college address; the announcement of reunion class gift totals;...

Psychology Department Open House

Hosts: psychology faculty and staff.

Reception for Musical Studies Students and Families

Join conservatory and college faculty members as they celebrate graduating seniors in the Musical Studies Program. Breakfast treats will be provided.

Saturday, May 25

Religion Department Open House

Host: Corey Barnes '98, chair and associate professor of Religion.

Sunday, May 26

Russian Language, Literature and Culture Department Open House

Host: Arlene Forman, chair and associate professor of Russian.

Russian and East European Studies Committee Open House

Host: Arlene Forman, chair and associate professor of Russian.

Saturday, May 25

Science Library Open House and Film Screening: From Paris to Pittsburgh

Climate change is a huge problem but we can all be part of the solution. Narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and activist Rachel...

Friday, May 24

Saturday, May 25

Shabbos Song & Prayer

Join in some song and prayer in honor of Shabbos day. Join us at 11:30am for song prayer, followed by lunch at 1 p..m. The theme is "Living with the...

Sunday, May 26

Social on the Square

This old-fashioned ice cream social has become a mainstay of Illumination night. An assortment of pies as well as locally produced ice cream and assorted...

Sociology Department Open House

Host: Rick Baldoz, chair and associate professor of sociology.

Saturday, May 25

Solar Array Tour

Join us rain or shine for the opportunity to see one of the largest solar arrays on a liberal arts campus. About the same size as Tappan Square, this array...

Solar Observation

Physics and astronomy staff will lead the observation. All are welcome.

Soul Session

Soul Sessions is a tradition that has been around since the ’70s. It's an opportunity to express yourself creatively whether it in the form of spoken word,...

Sunday, May 26

Student Union Open House

Hosts: Tina Zwegat, director of Student Activities and Orientation/associate director of the Student Union; Sean Lehlbach, assistant director of Student...

TIMARA Studios Open House

Visit with the TIMARA gang, see the newly renovated studios, and help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of TIMARA. All are welcome.

The Cause of Art is the Cause of the People: The Lasting Mark of an Activist-Artist's Visit to Oberlin

Ever wonder how the Allen Memorial Art Museum got the unconventional façade inscription we walked under many times as students? The answer is a great,...

Friday, May 24

The Grand Piano Extravaganza

Watch the webcast – streamed live at concert time. How many pianos can we get on stage? This not-to-be missed annual event featuring Conservatory of Music...

The Oberlin Review Open House

Visit with Review staff members, past and present. Swing by to say hello or to check out our archived newspapers from past decades.

Saturday, May 25

Theater Department Open House

Hosts: Caroline Jackson Smith, chair of theater and professor of theater and Africana studies, and Holly Handman-Lopez, visiting assistant professor of dance.

Torah Study and Discussion

Presenter: Rabbi Megan Doherty, director of Hillel and Jewish Campus Life, Jewish life affiliate.

Tour of the James F. "Bill" Long Pyle Road Nature Preserve

Led by Emeritus Danforth Professor of Biology David H. Benzing. Meet at 10:15 a.m. Weather permitting.

WOBC Open House

See how WOBC has (and hasn't) changed and hang out with past and present station members.

Warner Concert Hall Organ Demonstration

Christa Rakich '74, visiting professor of organ, will demonstrate the Flentrop organ.

Sunday, May 26

Westwood Cemetery Walking Tour

Join us in the pastoral setting as we tell stories of women and men, prominent and common, who influenced Oberlin History. Sponsored by the Class of 1969.

Saturday, May 25

What is Wisr and Why Should I Join?

Stop by to learn more about Oberlin’s Wisr (pronounced "Wiser") community and to join! Wisr is a career networking and advising platform that easily...

Sunday, May 26

What is Wisr and Why Should I Join?

Stop by to learn more about Oberlin's Wisr (pronounced "Wiser") community and to join! Wisr is a career networking and advising platform that easily...

What is Wisr and Why Should I Join?

Stop by to learn more about Oberlin’s Wisr (pronounced "Wiser") community and to join! Wisr is a career networking and advising platform that easily...

Saturday, May 25

What is Wisr and Why Should I Join?

Stop by to learn more about Oberlin's Wisr (pronounced "Wiser") community and to join! Wisr is a career networking and advising platform that easily...

Words & Music Cabaret

Enjoy poety readings and musical performances in the Birenbaum. Coordinated by Judy Grubner ’73, Helen Paxton ’73, and Wendy Rolfe ’74. Sponsored by the...

May 24 - 30, 2019