Feb 29 - Oberlin Here and Elsewhere Program
February 29 (Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.) Oberlin Here and Elsewhere: The Legacy of John Frederick Oberlin beyond Ohio. In 1946 Yasuzo and Ikuko Shimizu, graduates of the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology in 1926 and 1927 respectively, established Obirin Gakuen (Institute) in Tokyo, Japan. They were inspired by their time as students at Oberlin College and the life of John Frederick Oberlin. Ken Grossi, Oberlin College Archivist and OHC Board member, attended a symposium at J. F. Oberlin University (new name of the school in Tokyo, part of the Obirin Gakuen Institute) in November 2011 to help commemorate the work of Yasuzo and Ikuko Shimizu and to discuss the legacy of John Frederick Oberlin. Ken will talk about his trip to Tokyo and the influence of John Frederick Oberlin on the founding of Oberlin, Ohio, the colony and the college, and how his values and beliefs were carried to other places in the United States as well as Japan. Location: Heiser Auditorium, Kendal at Oberlin.