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Lights, camera, action! Kids produce their life videos

Child development experts worry that kids who spend a lot of time with television may not get enough exercise. The kids won’t be learning important lessons, they note, and may miss opportunities to build up their physical stamina.

Those experts haven’t visited Sharon Blecher’s second grade classroom at Eastwood School. Earlier this fall, students and faculty from Oberlin College’s Apollo Outreach Initiative spent two weeks working with the second-graders to plan, script, and produce short videos.

There was no lack of energy, activity, learning, or enthusiasm.

“It’s about giving students access to tools — cameras, computers, etc. — and helping them understand media,” said Oberlin cinema studies professor Rian Brown-Orso, who with her colleagues helps OC students learn how to teach media techniques to young children. She has also coordinated media projects with the district’s high school and middle school students. The Outreach Initiative is based in the Cinema Studies Program at the college.

- Richard Baznik, Oberlin News-Tribune

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Ray Bradbury’s official biographer in Oberlin today as part of Big Read

Author Ray Bradbury’s personal story is a tale as rich and interesting as many of his books, and his official biographer will give sev­eral talks today on the man who wrote Fahrenheit 451 and other novels.

Columbia College professor Sam Weller is considered the pre-eminent scholar on Bradbury, whose 1953 novel is being read by the Oberlin community as part of The Big Read project of the National Endowment for the Arts.

- Cindy Leise, The Chronicle-Telegram

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China’s changes displayed at Akron Art Museum

"…Through Feb. 27, the Akron Art Museum is exhibiting Culture Revolution: Contemporary Chinese Paintings from the Allen Memorial Art Museum, six paintings on loan while the Allen of Oberlin is undergoing renovations.

The collection was begun by Charles Mason in the late 1990s when he was curator of Asian art at the Allen. He recognized the depth and diversity of China’s post-1978 art scene and began to expand the Allen’s collection of Chinese art…”

- Dorothy Shinn, Akron Beacon Journal

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Oberlin College graduates bridge town-gown divide with East College Street project

OBERLIN, Ohio — It’s been clear for a decade or more that neighborhoods around colleges and universities offer some of the hottest development opportunities in American cities.

But it took three freshly minted graduates of Oberlin College starting in 2002 to see the potential in a vacant former Buick dealership on the tattered eastern flank of downtown Oberlin.

Eight years later, the dealership and two adjacent properties have sprouted the widely acclaimed East College Street Project, which blends apartments and retail shops with street-smart, environmentally friendly architecture.

- Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

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Library of Congress traveling museum to park in Oberlin

On Monday and Tues­day, you can view copies of some of the most important documents in history — including a rough draft of the Decla­ration of Independence and pages from the 1455 Gutenberg Bible — thanks to a $1 million grant from 2009 Oberlin College graduate Emily Rapoport and her sister, Abby.

A customized semi fitted as a travel­ing museum will be traveling the Mid­west and South over the next year in the “Gateway to Knowledge” exhibi­tion from The Library of Congress.

Free and open to the public, the exhibit will bring high-quality facsimi­les of many of the library’s top treas­ures and information about the mil­lions of resources.

The exhibit, which will be parked on Professor Street on Monday and Tuesday, will include programming especially for teachers and students and will be open to visitors 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The trailer expands to twice its road width, and visitors will enter from a central staircase to find several areas of museum-style exhibits, a multimedia display and informational kiosks.

-Cindy Liese, The Chronicle-Telegram

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