Come join Kenyon College Ballroom Dance Club to learn how to dance before you step out on the floor for the Inauguration Gala. No partners or shoes required, but please bring socks to make movement easy. Friends, family and spouses are all welcome.
The Department of Dance, Drama, and Film will present two short films. The first, Breezewood, produced and directed by department members Jonathan Tazewell and Jonathan Sherman, explores race in America through the eyes of an eight-year old girl. The film has been screened at The Athens International Film Festival, the Harlem International Film Festival, the St. Louis Black Film Festival, and the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and has won awards at the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the Ohio Shorts Film Festival. The second film, Neitzsche Ate Here, by local filmmakers Matt Star and Aaron Lynn ’14, features a quick-witted sarcastic waitress and a high-class lawyer from D.C. who both battle their inner demons. The film was written by Roy C. Berkowitz.
The Rural Life Center works to connect Kenyon and Knox County in ways that enhance the college’s educational mission and address the needs and interests of the surrounding community. Join us to experience student demonstrations and projects on local foods, black history, rural diversity, and traditional music and learn how you can get involved in our initiatives.
Joan Slonczewski, Michelle Clark, and Anna Yie '14 will demonstrate the fluorescence microscope, a $90,000 instrument (from NSF and NIH funds) that students use to observe individual bacteria growing. The bacteria fluoresce different colors, which shows their pH (acidity). Students and faculty use the microscope to investigate how intestinal bacteria survive passage through the acidic stomach.
The Bickford Lab welcomes you to come by and see how we're using tree rings to investigate changes in tree water-use and photosynthesis over the last 200 years. John McDonald ’15 and Chris Bickford have an old-growth tree section on display, and will describe how we measure physiological change across time.
Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church Members will be available for guided tours of the chapel, and handouts about the chapel windows and the history of Harcourt Parish. Posters will explain the Harcourt Parish Rummage Sale and the intersection of Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church and Kenyon College.
Studio Art will fill the halls and classrooms of the new Horvitz Hall with examples of student artwork from our courses. Students will be available in the building to answer questions and share their experiences. A few classes will be in session with doors open to visitors
The Department of Religious studies will present posters prepared by students who will also give short presentations about their ongoing research and their experiences abroad. Students from the Approaches to the Study of Religions and Senior Capstone seminar will discuss their ongoing projects. In addition, a slide show of religious phenomena and a display of faculty research will also be on view. Faculty will discuss the intersection between their own research and teaching in the classroom.
Students in the Islamic Civilization and Cultures Concentration will display posters and give short presentations focused on their experiences abroad. Senior majors will present examples of their research.
Summer scholars from the Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Adams Summer Legal Scholars will present their research. Kaylyn Talkington ’14 will present her research, “Populism Redux: Examining the Modern Resurgence of Populism in the United States,” beginning with the late 1800s agrarian rebellion and ending where the Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party, and the Obama presidency collide. She asks, who uses Populist discourse, why do they use it, and what do they have to gain from it? Elizabeth Cheever ‘14 will present “A Plea to Justice Roberts: Strict Scrutiny and Diversity in America's Schools,” and Mary Bank ‘14 will offer “From Illegal to Legal: Educational Messages to Youth About Alcohol and Marijuana Usage As They Transition from Underage Status.”
Tianci Hu ’15 has developed a research project with Professor Patricia Richards that analyzes the cinema of Zhangke Jia as an alternative vision to the official Chinese representation of contemporary China. Hu focuses on Jia's use of mass media within his films to show the irrelevance of much of China's economic growth for vast numbers of common citizens who are not part of the middle class (which does enjoy material benefit from China's rapid industrialization). Hu also investigates Jia's ties to Italian neorealism and the work of Michelangelo Antonioni. She will present her findings and entertain questions about her work and about China today as she has experienced issues that Jia shows so pointedly and poignantly in his work.
Kenyon student-athletes are doing great work in the classroom and experiencing unprecedented success in the athletic arenas. The Department of Athletics will demonstrate through video footage displayed on monitors around the building the commitment our student-athletes have for their sports and teams.
The Department of Psychology will offer an ongoing PowerPoint display of research that faculty have conducted and published with student researchers, showcasing how this research has benefitted the students in their own work.
The Writing Center will offer walk-through tours of the Writing Center, a writing activity about favorite books, and fiction reading by members of the Kenyon Writing Center Writing Table.
The Department of Anthropology presents student/faculty collaborations through experimental archaeology and analysis of human remains. Posters and microscopic images featuring research into past diets will be on display. Demonstrations of our research ballista, wooden spears, and cordage manufacturing will occur outside Palme House.
If you had words equal to the task, what is the most important praise you would bestow? Would it be for a person, an action, an idea? Praise for the day? In this short workshop conducted by poet Jennifer Clarvoe, participants will consider a few examples of traditional and untraditional odes, and learn to write their own powerful poems of praise -- paradoxically, by acknowledging the limited power of words.
Students, faculty, and interested Gambier residents gather most Fridays at 4:15 p.m., to read aloud the 18th century masterpiece of Chinese fiction, Dream of the Red Chamber (a.k.a. The Story of the Stone) from the superb translation by David Hawkes, a classically trained British scholar, who knew his Latin and Greek as well as his Chinese. The world of author Cao Xueqin is unique and yet deeply familiar to all human beings. We have discovered that reading aloud is a completely different experience from reading alone, silently. We are quite possibly the only such group in existence on planet Earth, and after finishing the complete five volumes over five years last spring, we decided to reread the first volume again. We welcome new members at any time.