Oberlin College

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Oberlin College is a small college in Oberlin, Ohio with about 3,000 students. It was founded in 1833 together with the city of the same name by two Presbyterian ministers. The name refers to the social reform make Alsatian pastor Johann Friedrich Oberlin. The college is privately managed. The most popular subjects are English, History and Biology. At the university also includes the Oberlin Conservatory, which enjoys an excellent reputation. Oberlin is one of the best American art academies and is particularly known for his liberality.

The Oberlin College was a pioneer in coeducation, which is prescribed in 1834. Since 1835, then as the first higher education institution in the U.S., it takes an equal basis to white and African-American students. It was one of the " hotbeds " of abolitionism, a holding station (No. 99 ) was the Underground Railroad and 1858 been involved in a spectacular rescue of a runaway slave ( fugitive slaves had at that time also in states where there was no slavery, are picked up and returned to their " owners ").

Famous is the Kunstmietprogramm of Colleges: For a fee of $ 5 per semester Students can works by famous artists such as Warhol, Dalí, Picasso hanging on the wall. This program was established in 1940 founded by the art teacher Ellen Johnson into life, " to develop the aesthetic sensitivity of students and to promote orderly thinking and discrimination in other areas of life ."

Famous people



  • Lorenzo Snow in 1835, from 1898 to 1901, the fifth prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Lucy Stone in 1847, women's rights activist, abolitionist
  • John Mercer Langston in 1849, politicians, civil rights activists of the 19th century
  • Antoinette Brown Blackwell in 1850, first ordained pastor of the United States and women's rights activist
  • Yvette Clarke, politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Jacob Dolson Cox, 1851 Republican politician, 1866-1868 Governor of Ohio from 1869 to 1870 and Minister of the Interior of the United States
  • Blanche Bruce in 1852, politician, the first African American, he completed a full term in the U.S. Senate
  • Margaret Maltby 1882, chemist and women's rights activist
  • George Herbert Mead in 1883, social psychologist and philosopher
  • Charles Martin Hall in 1885, inventor ( aluminum)
  • John Rogers Commons in 1888, economist and sociologist
  • Robert Millikan, 1891, Nobel Prize winner 1923 ( Physics)
  • Anna Louise Strong in 1905, journalist and author
  • Wendell Willkie in 1915, lawyer and presidential candidate 1940.
  • Thornton Wilder, 1915-1917 writer, moved before the conclusion to Yale
  • William Grant Still 1917-1919, composer
  • Daniel Kinsey 1926 Olympic champion in 1924
  • Willard V. Quine 1930, philosopher and logician
  • Edwin O. Reischauer 1930, Japanese studies and from 1961 to 1966 the United States ambassador in Japan
  • John Stewart Service in 1931, the Far East experts at the U.S. Department of State
  • Roger Wolcott Sperry in 1935, neurobiologist and Nobel Laureate Medicine 1981
  • Ralph Hirschmann 1943, chemists
  • Stanley Cohen in 1945, a neuroscientist and biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1986
  • Anderson Hunter Dupree 1947, science and technology historian
  • Carl Rowan 1947, journalist and author
  • 1951 John Kander, composer
  • John E. Mack 1951, psychiatrist and author
  • William Goldman 1952, screenwriter and writer
  • Paul Horn in 1952, jazz musician
  • Anne O. Krueger 1953, Former Deputy Director General of the International Monetary Fund ( IMF)
  • Eduardo Mondlane 1953, 1962-1969 President of the Mozambican Liberation Front ( FRELIMO )
  • John Cazale 1954, actor ( The Godfather, The Deer Hunter )
  • David Zinman 1958 Conductor
  • Dick Sudhalter 1960, trumpeter of Traditional Jazz and Jazz author, journalist and jazz historian
  • Avery Brooks in 1970, actor (American History X )