Alumni in Sevice to Oberlin College (ASOC)

From What to Expect from Grad School to Original Choreography: Alum Experts Return to Campus

What is life really like in graduate school? On October 3 three alumni--Suzanne McCoskey '90, Daniel Ash '92, and Ron Garcia '95--returned to campus to answer that question for current Oberlin students.

Suzanne and Ron are both currently enrolled in graduate school, Suzanne at Syracuse University, where she is an economics PhD candidate specializing in urban and regional economics, and Ron at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is studying for a master's degree in Latin American history. Ash, who earned an MA in public policy at the University of Chicago, is director of communications and policy analyst with the Family Resource Coalition. Their panel discussion was part of the Graduate School Fair sponsored by the offices of Career Services and Undergraduate Sponsored Programs.

Stephanie Moore"Anti-Affirmative Action & African American Women and Men: Where Do We Go From Here?" was the title of the talk delivered October 4 by Stephanie Moore '82. General Counsel for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Stephanie graduated with honors from Oberlin with a major in government. She earned a JD degree from Harvard's law school, where was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before joining the Commission, she clerked for former Chief Justice A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, was visiting associate professor of law at the Howard University School of Law, and taught at the District of Columbia School of Law. Her visit was sponsored by the African-American Studies Department, Abusua, and Afrikan Heritage House.

Peggy Kahn Women's labor- and health-issues expert Peggy Kahn '75 gave a talk--"We Didn't Hire You for Your Children"--about low-paid women and nonstandard hours in the service sector on November 8. Peggy, whose visit was sponsored by the politics department, majored in government and history at Oberlin. She earned an MA and a PhD at UC Berkeley, and is associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she also coordinates the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Jeffrey Winters Jeffrey Winters '82, another Oberlin government major, examined how General Suharto's three decades of rule over the Indonesian archipelago are coming to a close in his November 21 talk, "The Unraveling of Suharto's New Order." He explored how such a long period of stability could be marked at its end by so much instability, concluding that Indonesian observers have confused containment with contentment. A former Shansi rep to Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Jeff earned an MA and PhD from Yale and is a member of Northwestern's department of politics. Oberlin's politics department sponsored his visit. Crispin Spaeth

Since graduating from Oberlin with a major in dance, choreographer Crispin Spaeth '89 has made a name for herself in the Pacific Northwest, where she is artistic director of the Crispin Spaeth Dance Group, based in Seattle. With the sponsorship of the theater and dance department, she brought her troupe to Oberlin December 3-7 for a teaching residency. Crispin conducted two master classes, one for about 50 advanced students and one for about 25 students of various levels. The troupe's stay culminated in two performances, featuring "Having Been," a solo piece; "Hand Over Fist," an ensemble piece; and "Broken Day," a work in progress.