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My name is Max and I am in my fourth and final year here. I'm from Montclair, New Jersey, just a few miles from New York City.

My major is history, but that doesn't tell you much because as one of my professors once pointed out "History is just anything that happened in the past that involves people." My focus is on twentieth century international relations, especially the Middle East. I am currently working on my senior honors thesis about American foreign policy towards Syria in the mid-1950s. It should be done in at the end of the spring, though I can't even begin to imagine that. I'm sure I'll be posting updates about that project here.

While foreign policy, etc. is my main pursuit, my interests extend far beyond that. I also like presidential history, American politics, the Israel-Palestine conflict, geography and many other topics. Just kidding. Well, not really.

In my free time I like to hang out at my off-campus house with my friends. I love fine food and fine beer. One of my favorite things about Oberlin is our access to local products, like Hickory Acres meats and Great Lakes beers.

I have had a show on WOBC for every year that I've been at Oberlin. You can hear me (or, more accurately, my alter ego DJ Quickdraw) playing classic honky-tonk and outlaw country every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. (Listen online! Not just to me, but to everyone.)

After I graduate in the spring I hope to become a journalist. Though for now I can't imagine life in the outside world, over the past four years I think I have become an expert on the Oberlin world. Thanks to our stylish new blog site, you get to be privy to my expertise. Internet!

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Contingency, Irony and Solidarity

A rather esoteric blog post in which I discuss postmodernism, historiography, the Middle East, new professors, great professors, and the true beauty of a liberal arts education.

Endless Summer

Please excuse my first post waxing nostalgic about graduating. There will probably be more.

Don't do your homework

Sometimes you have to remind yourself that your education is not just about classes, homework, papers and tests.


"Professors' Liberalism Contagious? Maybe not." -New York Times "Am I supposed to be surprised? No." -Me

Monday night coffee with our new president

No, not Barack Obama. Oberlin College's new president Marvin Krislov.

Bikes and Summer

The bike coop at Oberlin is a community project that promotes environmental responsibility.

The Middle East in the Middle of Ohio

Debate on the Israel-Palestine issue is vibrant and varied on Oberlin's campus. It is dominated by left-leaning voices (as are most things). But maybe that's not so bad.

Obies in the Holy Land

Sorry for my hiatus from the Obieblogosphere, but I'm in Jerusalem, working at an internship and enjoying the Middle East. But Oberlin is never too far from my mind. Here's a quick update.

NYT asks:

In case you didn't catch it, Oberlin College was on the front page of the New York Times yesterday. It's a good story, but in my opinion, it's lacking.

Free at Last

I love Oberlin, but I'm really glad that the semester is finally over.

Welcome to me

I guess I'll introduce myself, too. But I hate long walks on the beach.

Marvin Krislov defends democracy!

I somehow missed this in the Washington Post on Saturday, but it's exciting: Our own Marvin Krislov, Oberlin College's president, wrote an op-ed about voting rights for students.

Bowling, Oberlin Style

I usually don't like bowling at all. (This might be just because I am exceptionally bad at it.) But last night, I had a good time.

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