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 the satellite was physically immense yet too weak to receive , she began to wonder about satellites as a means of communication. She returned back to college, and began working diligently on improving satellite communication. Later, Martine founded Sirius XM radio, national satellite radio software which, before Martine invented it, was believed to be premised on impossible satellite technology.

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On Studying Away

(published on November 5, 2015)

Image: Willa Rubin
Image: Willa Rubin

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 studying the language in various capacities since middle school. The more I thought about my Oberlin career, the more it felt like spending a significant portion of it away would be a vital supplement to the education I was receiving in Ohio.

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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 a professor in International Relations (IR) theory who is often cited regarding his work on non-proliferation and nuclear war (Robert Jervis ’62), the Vice President of Oracle (Joseph Alhadeff ’81), the former head of the MacArthur Foundation (Robert L. Galucci, the one non-Oberlin graduate), the Director of Human Language Technology for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (Judith Klavans ’68), and policy experts in proliferation of ballistic missiles. The panelists’ opinions and thoughts on international security often (but not always) converged on the confusing and sometimes frightening sphere of national security intelligence.

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Radiolab Co-Hosts Return to Oberlin

(published September 25, 2014)

Radiolab co-hosts and Oberlin alumni Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad on the stage of Finney Chapel, Sept. 19, 2014. Photo: Jonathan Jue-Wong
Radiolab co-hosts and Oberlin alumni Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad on the stage of Finney Chapel, Sept. 19, 2014. Photo: Jonathan Jue-Wong

“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 there was everyone else,” he quipped.

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A Guide to the College Music Scene

(published September 18, 2014)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. Photo: Rolling Stone, Scott Legato/Getty Images
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. Photo: Rolling Stone, Scott Legato/Getty Images

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, Lucy Wainwright, and many others.

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Lena Dunham- the “Voice of a Generation”?

(published February 17, 2014)

Lena Dunham. Photo courtesy of HBO.
Lena Dunham. Photo courtesy of HBO.

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.

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