Press releases from 2017-18 can be found below.
Release: January 22, 2018
Nate Silver, the statistician and journalist best known for correctly predicting the electoral outcome of 49 states during the 2008 presidential election and all 50 in 2012, will give the graduation address at Kenyon’s 190th Commencement ceremony on May 19, 2018. Silver was nominated by a committee of faculty, staff and students, and President Sean Decatur extended the invitation from the College to deliver the address.
Release: January 17, 2018
This February, middle schoolers (grades 6–8) will have the chance to have an extraordinary, sensory, hands-on science experience on the Kenyon College campus through two new programs: BLAST (for boys) and ATHENAS (for girls). These two programs provide students with the opportunity to associate fun with science, be introduced to a community of scientists from all levels, and gain exposure to fields of science and experiments not often taught at the middle or high school level.
Release: January 16, 2018
The Kenyon College Department of Music’s spring concerts showcase a variety of musicians and artistic styles, from classical to jazz-punk fusion.
Release: January 9, 2018
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, the presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, joins Kenyon College for its annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy Monday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive.
Release: December 5, 2017
Jennifer C. Odenweller, director of the Office for Community Partnerships at Kenyon College, has been named the director of The Ariel Foundation, effective March 1, 2018. Odenweller replaces Jan Reynolds, who has served as director of The Ariel Foundation since 2010 and who will remain vice president of its board of directors.
Release: December 2, 2017
Release: November 20, 2017
Kenyon College President Sean Decatur has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor is given in recognition of scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Release: November 2, 2017
Colm Tóibín, an acclaimed author whose novels include “Brooklyn,” “The Blackwater Lightship” and “The Master,” will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Kenyon Review Literary Festival, held Nov. 10-11.
Release: October 26, 2017
Faculty members, community members and students were recognized at Kenyon’s annual Founders’ Day celebration, held Thursday, Oct. 26, in Rosse Hall.
Release: October 26, 2017
Kenyon students, in collaboration with fifth-grade students from Columbia Elementary School in Mount Vernon, will give a public presentation of their joint work exploring the concept of borders through children’s literature. The presentation, titled “Borders in Play,” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 9:30 a.m. in the Gund Ballroom in Kenyon’s Gund Commons, 101 E. Brooklyn St.
Release: October 25, 2017
Kenyon awarded the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship to Chase Frederick, a sophomore from Dayton, Ohio; Andrew Kukla, a sophomore from North Royalton, Ohio; Danaye Nixon, a junior from Mount Vernon, Ohio; and Eden Stephey, a first-year from Tiffin, Ohio.
Release: October 11, 2017
The Kenyon College Department of Music will present a series of concerts this fall that highlight a variety of musical genres. All events are free and open to the public.
Release: October 6, 2017
The Kenyon College Dance and Dramatic Club presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” the absurdist comedy by Tom Stoppard, in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St., at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12; 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13; and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
Release: October 4, 2017
Kenyon College’s Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) celebrates fall with its annual Harvest Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 14, from 2-5 p.m.
Release: October 4, 2017
Release: September 15, 2017
Kenyon College announced today that it has received the largest gift in its nearly 200-year history, $75 million from an anonymous donor. This transformational gift will support the development of a new library and academic quad on Kenyon’s historic campus. The interdisciplinary hub in the core of campus will bring together 21st century teaching and learning with 21st century library, information and student services.
Release: September 14, 2017
What constitutes hate speech, and should it be banned? Is political correctness stifling speech? What role does free speech play in a civil society? These questions and more will be dissected during a Sept. 27–28 conference hosted by Kenyon College’s Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD). Titled “Free Speech, Civil Discourse,” the event will feature panel discussions and lectures with academics and politicians from across the ideological spectrum. All events are free, and the public is welcome to attend.
Release: June 7, 2017
Kenyon College has been selected as one of 24 schools nationwide to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence initiative, aimed at helping colleges and universities recruit and advance students in the natural sciences.
Release: April 28, 2017
Kenyon dancers will present a variety of works, including an ensemble piece performed by graduating students, at this year’s Spring Dance Concert, held May 4-6 at 8 p.m. in the Bolton Theater.
Release: April 25, 2017
Kenyon has joined the American Talent Initiative (ATI), a collaboration among 68 colleges and universities working to increase the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at undergraduate institutions across America.
Release: April 25, 2017
The latest addition to downtown Mount Vernon’s education corridor will open to visitors during the community’s First Friday event May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Release: April 14, 2017
Animals and hands-on nature activities feature prominently in this year’s Earth Day Festival, held Saturday, April 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Brown Family Environmental Center, 9781 Laymon Road.
Release: April 8, 2017
How does nature tie into ideas about science, politics, economics and history? Notable writers Lauret Savoy and Andrea Wulf address this topic in a pair of upcoming events at Kenyon College.
Release: April 4, 2017
The sounds of Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, Duke Ellington and more will fill the air as the Kenyon Department of Music closes the academic year with a month full of concerts.
Release: April 1, 2017
Twins cause trouble as they fumble through a case of mistaken identity in “The Comedy of Errors,” presented by the Kenyon College Dance and Dramatic Club at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, Friday, April 7, and Saturday April 8. All performances are in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St.
Release: March 21, 2017
Kenyon ushers in spring with a trio of concerts featuring a pianist, a baroque ensemble and Kenyon’s own Chamber Singers.
Release: March 16, 2017
Award-winning artist and writer Lauren Redniss, known for her innovative work in visual nonfiction, will speak March 22 at 8 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater. Her talk will focus on the relationship between art and science in her work, which explores science topics through graphic narrative.
Release: March 15, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies will discuss his work in a pair of upcoming events at Kenyon College. Both events will be held in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater.
Release: March 13, 2017
Kokosing Nature Preserve, Kenyon College’s natural burial cemetery, has been officially verified as a conservation burial ground by the Green Burial Council — the highest rating the council offers for natural burial cemeteries.
Release: March 2, 2017
Want to get involved in the community, do something to help others, or have some fun? Consider volunteering with the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC), which seeks volunteers to help with programs, land management and more.
Release: March 1, 2017
Kenyon College and the Brown Family Environmental Center are celebrating the roots of Earth Day with a new monthlong schedule of events. A variety of events and activities hosted by various Kenyon departments will highlight different aspects of Earth Day objectives.
Release: Feb. 22, 2017
Elected officials on the state, county and local levels will come together for a panel discussion Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.
Release: Feb. 17, 2017
Renowned architect Graham Gund, a 1963 graduate of Kenyon College, has created a number of landmark spaces for the Kenyon community, renovating and creating buildings including Horvitz Hall, the Kenyon Athletic Center and the Gund Gallery. He will discuss his ongoing work in this year’s Kenyon Unique lecture, to be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.
Release: Feb. 16, 2017
Kenyon College welcomes SoloDuo, a musical group featuring Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, for a free concert Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive.
Release: Feb. 13, 2017
Alicia Svigals, the world’s leading klezmer fiddler, will present a program of energetic Jewish music at Kenyon College on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive.
Release: Feb. 11, 2017
Kenyon College welcomes author Brian Alexander on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. as he talks about his new book, “Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town.”
Release: Feb. 8, 2017
Renowned writer Wil Haygood, best known for his best-selling book “The Butler: A Witness to History,” will speak Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in Kenyon College’s Brandi Recital Hall, 105 College Drive.
Release: Feb. 2, 2017
Human activity and development are correlated with reduced carbon storage in wetland soils, a new study published in Nature Communications shows.
Release: Feb. 2, 2017
The Kenyon College Dance and Dramatic Club puts its own spin on “Uncle Vanya,” the traditional melodrama play by Anton Chekhov, in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St., at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4.
Release: Feb. 1, 2017
Best-selling author Chris Smith will visit the Kenyon Bookstore, 106 Gaskin Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of his book, “The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests.”
Release: Jan. 26, 2017
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording, and jazz groups at Kenyon College are celebrating with a noteworthy slate of performances.
Release: Jan. 19, 2017
Kenyon College's athletics department will host its annual sports clinics on Sunday, Feb. 5, in observance of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The clinics, free of charge, are open to girls currently in kindergarten through eighth grade who seek to hone their skills or learn a new sport.
Release: Jan. 18, 2017
Twelve student musicians have been invited to perform at Kenyon College’s Angela Waite Recital, held Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall, 105 College Drive.