Winter Term is a time of year when Oberlin students are encouraged to conduct independent or group projects outside of courses related to their majors. Pursuits can be done on or off campus with students choosing to work almost anywhere on the map. This year we highlight some of the projects by the more than 900 students who completed their projects right here in Oberlin.

We expose students to what it’s really like working in a museum, and to the variety of jobs that are possible, from curating a collection to becoming an educator, registrar, art handler, or administrator.

Jill Greenwood, Eric and Jane Nord Family Curator of Education. Practicum in Museum Education
Students sit in an art gallery with another student standing in front of them.
A group of students stand in a semi-circle during the tour of a century home.

Students take a guided tour led by one of the curators of the Monroe House in the History at the Museum project.

These students were approaching [their introduction projects] from their own area of artistic familiarity, everything that was brought in astonished me with regard to how mature and developed it was.

Joey Rizzolo ’97, director of film and theater and instructor of the Staging the Real group project.
Floor lights are pointed to four-foot high white tents in a darkened room.

Printing History

A girl and teacher work on a 3D printer.

Director of Language Technology and Academic Support Abe Reshad works with a student in the 3D Printer Build project.

A pair of wooden goggles and a pair of plastic goggles.

A collaboration involving two projects—3D Printer Build and Practicum in Exhibit Design—results in a pair of 18th-century wooden snow glasses being reproduced for an upcoming exhibit in Oberlin’s Mary Church Terrell Library. The printed glasses will grant visitors a hands-on experience with history.

A boy uses instruments to works on a piece of handmade paper.

In this studio intensive, students make books and paper by hand in the context of global history and culture. Taught by artist and award-winning author Aimee Lee ’99, field trips included Morgan Conservatory and Zygote Press in Cleveland and Special Collections at the Terrell Main and art libraries on campus.

More than Music

A teacher and student look closely at instruments on a table.

Students in Sonic Arts in Society prepare for planned spring semester projects by engaging Elyria Medical Center hospital system populations in creative arts-based workshops.

This project [Phlox ensemble], along with the Winter Term Phlox Orchestra, are important because they help to further the wide efforts toward gender inclusion within classical music by providing greater awareness and access, both in the classroom and on the stage.

Sophia Bass, senior, student conductor
A student reconstructs a flute.

Flute Maintenance and Repair

Three students practice de gamba in a practice room.

Beginning Viola Da Gamba

Students sit with musical instruments in a recording studio.

Students in the Film and Television Scoring intensive take center stage in the Joseph R. Clonick Studio with television and film composer Adam Cohen ’91.

Students play the violin on a stage.

String Quartet Intensive

A choir rehearsal.

The Phlox Ensemble choir practice historical and contemporary works by women, trans, and non-binary composers. Phlox Ensembles are a choir and orchestra made up of women, trans, and non-binary musicians organized by Oberlin Students for Gender Inclusivity in Music.

Dance, Leap, Learn

Seeing my interests converge through ‘Beast’ showed me new possibilities for life after Oberlin. I can definitely see myself in arts administration, and I would love to work in opera.

Kitty Schwartz ’20, who served as assistant director for the production for ‘‘Wild Beast of the Bungalow.’’
A person leads a small group of students in a flamenco dance class.
Students dance in a line in a dance studio,
A girl jumps in the air while holding a glowing glass jar.
A girl jumps in a man's arms on stage.

Real World Lessons

A woman leans in.

Bold and Cold: Bringing the Obie into the Corporate World, a series of workshops led by Melissa Donohue ’87.

A teacher leads a discussion in front of a classroom of students.

Hollywood insider and Oberlin trustee Steve Dolcemaschio instructs students on the basics of business in this Business for Life session.

People in a conference room.

Faculty, staff, and students attend the History Design Lab Institute, a series of workshops that provided digital methodologies and techniques for creating oral history projects.

Immersed in Language & Literature

Latin words fill a blackboard.

Intensive Latin

A row of students write Greek on a blackboard.

Intensive Ancient Greek

Students look at Russian words on a blackboard.

Intensive Elementary Russian

A girl claps her hands and listens to a student in a classroom.

Teaching Writing to Anyone

R is a tool that not only allows us to carry out data analysis, but to also communicate those results in a common language with other scientists around the world.

Instructor Pete Naegele of R for SPSS
A teacher points to numbers on a whiteboard.
A teacher and student sit across from each other in front of a classroom with students looking on.

Bridging the Gap: Dialogue Across Campus in a Time of Political Polarization with nationally recognized facilitator Simon Greer.

Two students look at a text book together.

Ninde Scholars Program at Oberlin High School.

A group of students discuss a map in front of them.

Students in the Practicum in Exhibit Design project work on a community-informed exhibit of Alaska Native cultural objects that will be displayed in the Mary Church Terrell Library in the spring.

Investigations and Analysis

A male student looks at a test-tube filled yellow liquid.

Students conduct independent projects in Assistant Professor William Parsons’ lab.

A girl uses a tool to fill test tubes in a chemistry lab.

Students in PERSIST Intro to Research learn how to read primary literature, use scientific search engines, and communicate and present scientific ideas.

A female student works on a laptop with notes from a physics meeting written on a blackboard behind her.

Dark Matter Research

Female student works in a physics lab.

A student studies dark matter in Associate Professor of Physics Jason Stalnaker’s laser lab.

Two students stand in front of a board with physics tools on it.

Students work with laser light in Professor Jason Stalnaker's Optical Magnetometry project.

A man stands in front of a classroom.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Creative Writing Joshua Sperling explores the practical skills involved in telling and analyzing popular screen narratives.

A male student adjusts a large microphone.

Students in Professor Jan Cooper’s Podcasting Oberlin News project learn the historical background of the emerging podcast industry, and how to record and edit stories about people doing cool things to enhance life in Oberlin.

A woman speaks into a microphone being held by a student wearing headphones.

A student interviews Ms. Kim, owner of Kim’s Grocery & Carryout in downtown Oberlin, for their Podcasting Oberlin News project.