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Virtual Reunion Weekend (VRW)

Celebrate your Oberlin connections and the warmth and diversity of the Oberlin experience through a weeklong series of innovative programs May 17-23, 2021, culminating in Virtual Reunion Weekend (VRW).

Virtual Reunion Weekend (VRW)

NOTE: Registration for all of the following virtual events is located on the right-hand side of your screen. All times are ET.

------ SATURDAY, MAY 22 ------
8 AM | Presidential Fitness Challenge -
YeoFit with President Carmen Twillie Ambar

Culminating program in a weeklong series of fitness and health and wellness challenges.

More information on the VRW Presidential Fitness Challenge


9:30 AM | Academic Offerings
NOTE: These live sessions will run concurrently (with recorded rebroadcasts later in the day). Please select one, if you plan to attend live.

Oberlin Conservatory Global
Join Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Kathryn Metz as she presents a class from her course Ingenuity and Innovation: How Rock and Roll Splintered in the 1970s, one of the courses in the newly announced Oberlin Conservatory Global classroom without boundaries initiative. Born out of the successful implementation of virtual education for Oberlin students during the past year, this new series of thoughtfully crafted courses combines virtual lectures, workshops, classes, and more.

Healing Democracy
Revisit the Oberlin classroom with Robert S. Danforth Professor of History and Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies Renee Romano as she presents a live special-version of her lecture Imperfect Union: Slavery, Settler Colonialism, and America’s White Republic from the “Healing Democracy” course. “Healing Democracy,” offered this spring to potential future Obies, grapples with the urgency and complexity of the current historic moment in the United States, exploring questions of common humanity, mutual accountability, and faith in democracy as the promise of equality. We look forward to offering the full 8-week course to our alumni in the fall.

11 AM | "Scholar’s Take": Interdisciplinary Film Talk with Oberlin Faculty
Join Associate Professor of French and Cinema Studies Grace An, Associate Professor of Africana Studies Charles Peterson, and Visiting Assistant Professor CinemaStudies and Creative Writing Josh Sperling for a talk about the intersection of scholarship, classroom discussion, social issues, and audience response in today’s filmed entertainment. This event is co-hosted by Obiewood: Oberlin Entertainment Network, which seeks to raise Oberlin College’s brand profile as a source of high-quality creators and thinkers in the film and television industry, and will be moderated by television writer and producer Andrew Guest ’99.

12:30 PM | Crimson & Gold Celebration
Join President Carmen Twillie Ambar for a State of the College discussion during this hourlong celebration of alumni and Oberlin College & Conservatory. The program will also feature an announcement of Oberlin alumni award recipients, a celebration of amazing reunion philanthropy and its impact on students.

------ SUNDAY, MAY 23 ------
7 PM | Virtual Illumination
We encourage you to shine your light on the global Oberlin community and take part in Virtual Illumination. Click the button below to visit the Illumination homepage and learn more.

Learn more about Virtual Illumination


MAKE A REUNION GIFT
Reunion giving continues to provide a vital source of support for Oberlin students. Your reunion gift is a powerful way to be involved in the life of the college and conservatory, and help guarantee that future students will be able to enjoy the transformational experiences that Oberlin provided in your life.

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Help Us Build a VRW Campus Tour!
We are building a special VRW Campus Tour guided by alumni suggestions. Share an Oberlin space that you would like to see featured in our virtual tour. We'll plan our route and stops based on alumni submissions, visiting popular and unique destinations around Oberlin. From Finney Chapel to the Knowlton Athletics Complex to Afrikan Heritage House and Tappan Square, we look forward to bringing you back to campus!

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