Family Weekend is filled with special events, including the lectures, plays, musical performances, and receptions highlighted below. We also encourage you to check the complete Family Weekend schedule.
“Demystifying the Application Process.” On Saturday at 10 a.m., Diane Anci, vice president of enrollment management and dean of admissions, hosts an informational session that will provide tips on how to conduct a successful college search and offer insight into the application process. The presentation will be held in Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall.
On Saturday at 9:00 a.m. the Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) will present “Cool Heads on Hot Topics: Trump-Era Economic, Foreign, and Immigration Policies.” The panel will engage topics of foreign policy, security, economic policy, and immigration, among others. Moderated by Tom Karako, Director, CSAD, with panelists David Rowe, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, Will Melick, the Bruce L. Gensemer Professor of Economics, and Nancy Powers, Assistant Director of CSAD. The presentation will be held in the Community Foundation Theater in the lower level of Gund Gallery.
We invite you to join President Sean Decatur, Provost Joe Klesner and members of the faculty for a reception on the Toan Track in the Kenyon Athletic Center on Friday from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The faculty will be in groups, as follows:
• Fine Arts (Art History, Studio Art; Dance, Drama and Film; Music)
• Humanities (African Diaspora Studies, Asian Studies, Classics, Comparative World Literature, English, Integrated Program in Humane Studies [IPHS], Islamic Civilization and Cultures, Latino/a Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Religious Studies)
• Natural Sciences (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Scientific Computing)
• Social Sciences ( American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Law and Society, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies)
The weekend’s musical performances will include a Friday night concert by the Kokosingers, an all-male a cappella group, at 7 p.m. in Rosse Hall. On Saturday afternoon, at 2 p.m., the Kenyon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will offer their fall concert, and at 5 p.m. the cabaret concert will feature many of the College's a cappella singing groups, each performing several songs. Both these concerts are in Rosse Hall. While tickets are not required for any of these performances, they often attract large crowds, so plan to arrive early.
Do you have a son or daughter interested in off-campus studies? Come talk with returning off-campus-studies students, faculty and Marne Ausec, director for the Center for Global Engagement, on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. in Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall.
The Kenyon–Exeter Program is a year-long study abroad option that combines the best of the British university and the U.S. liberal arts college, under the resident directorship of a member of Kenyon's English Department. On Saturday afternoon from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. join 2018-19 resident director Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, former resident director and English department chair Sarah Heidt, returning students, and other faculty to learn about its curricular options and its expansive schedule of world-class theater and co-curricular travel. The presentation will be held in the Olin Auditorium, Olin and Chalmers Library.
The Kenyon–Rome program offers students the opportunity to engage in a unique program based in Rome, Italy, with extended visits to other sites. On Saturday afternoon from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. join the resident directors to learn about this exciting opportunity for students interested in art history and studio art. The presentation will be held in the Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery lower level.
The fall sports teams participating in home contests are listed in the schedule of events. The scheduling of dates by the Athletic Department is completed as much as three years in advance, and we regret that all of Kenyon's sports teams cannot be on campus during the weekend.
The Kenyon College Dramatic Club (KCDC) will present “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” by Tom Stoppard and directed by Jonathan Tazewell ’84 Thomas S. Turgeon Professor of Drama. Performances are Friday at 8:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are available through the Bolton Theater Box Office, 740-427-5546, beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, or you may purchase tickets at the door if the performance is not sold out. Because performances often sell out, advance reservation of tickets is recommended.
In the tradition of New England town hall meetings, families are invited to join President Sean Decatur and members of the senior administration in Higley Auditorium, Higley Hall on Saturday at 11 a.m. for a discussion about the College. President Decatur will begin with a brief address, which will be followed by a question-and-answer period.
"Urban Cadence" tells the multifaceted stories of two urban environments — Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa — experienced through the artistic expressions of photography and video. African cities are the fastest growing in the world, and these two cities have experienced this growth in diverse yet fascinating ways: the first as a mega-city, the latter as a center of industrial development. The street scenes in this exhibition represent the complex narratives of these urban areas: tales of migration, labor, desperation, success, hope, and imagination among others. Here, these stories are woven together with the theme of cadence, which speaks to the rhythms of life. Cadence is the gait of the artist or inhabitants of the city as they move through urban spaces. Cadence is a visual rhythm an artist creates when telling the city’s myriad stories. At the same time, it is a musical metaphor that artists draw on to speak about their images or their photographic practice. Whether sobering, humorous, or unexpected, the visuals of "Urban Cadence" challenge us to explore what it means to be urban in Africa in the early 21st century. Guest curated by Carol Magee, associate professor of art history and chair of graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
We encourage you to take a walk or jog down this fourteen-mile trail, which follows the old railroad route from Gambier west to Mount Vernon and from Gambier east to Danville. This scenic trail, located at the bottom of the College hill, just beyond the Kenyon Athletic Center, is a popular place for enjoying the countryside.
You are encouraged to attend classes with your student or on your own on Friday. Please check the schedule at the registration center to avoid classes offering exams or without additional seating.
Celebrate the season with this free event on Saturday from 2 - 5 p.m. The festival includes pumpkin decorating with recycled materials, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, kids’ harvest games, a cider press, and a camp fire. See the flyer in the registration center for more details. Walk the 0.6 miles to the event or catch a shuttle from the Palme House, 101 Ward Street, leaving at the top, 20 after and 20 before the hour from 2 - 4 p.m.
Episcopal, Catholic, and Jewish services are offered regularly on campus. See the schedule of events for specific times. Episcopal and Methodist churches are located in Gambier, and churches for those and several other denominations are located in Mount Vernon. Please see the flyer in the registration center for more details.
Hours for Family Weekend:
Friday: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
The pool at the KAC will be open Family Weekend during limited hours. Hours will be posted.
Important pool notes:
• The hot tub will not be open when only one guard is on duty (notably during swim team practice).
• The high diving board is not open to the public.
• The low diving board is open at the discretion of the guards and only if two guards are on duty.
• Minimal space is available for lap swimming during the hours of 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 4 - 6:30 p.m. Ask the lifeguard for designated swim lanes.
• Absolutely no swimming is allowed unless a lifeguard is present and on duty.