Feb. 1, 2017
The month of January at Oberlin is winter term. Instead of returning headlong to the regular classroom, students use the month to dive into a single project or group endeavor. The beauty of winter term is that you create your own project. It could be an internship, an artistic creation, research-based, or even learning a new skill or hobby.
Students are required to complete three winter-term projects for graduation, but in typical Oberlin fashion, most do something great during all four years.
We asked Obies to write home and send pictures. Some even called to say hello.
Led by Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies Cindy Frantz and Assistant Professor of Religion Cheryl Cottine, this group explored the ethics and psychology of conservation of New Zealand.
Marcus Hill conducted geology research on the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas. “The goal of our research is to obtain the ages of terraces using a dating method that looks at the last time sediment was exposed to light.”
Courtesy of Marcus Hill
From left, Mai Miyagaki, Angelique Montes, and Christine Showalter toured with Credo Chamber Music in Chicago for winter term 2017.
Ilan Ackerman volunteered as an English tutor in a Palestinian elementary school in East Jerusalem for winter term 2017.
Courtesy of Ilan Ackerman
Isabel Rosenstein learned about surfing culture in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Isabel Rosenstein
Gabby Liu spent winter term 2017 in Xingping, a remote small village in Yangshuo county in southern China. She is making a documentary about the educational gap in the village other rural areas like it.
Courtesy of Gabby Liu
Naomi Fireman traveled to Israel and Palestine for winter term 2017. “I came here to travel and listen to many different perspectives on the Israel-Palestine conflict. I tried my best to make it an intentional project that explored the nuances of this very complex region.” Here, Fireman visited the wall being built between Israel and the West Bank.
Courtesy of Naomi Fireman
Zachary Vaughn documented the verdant hiking trails of Marin County, California, for winter term.
Courtesy of Zachary Vaughn
The Oberlin-in-Greece winter term group sits atop the Areopagus.
Courtesy of Kirk Ormand