Kenyon Unique features lectures and conversations with distinguished faculty members and Kenyon alumni that are streamed live and recorded as part of a digital library.
On Feb. 25, 2017, Graham Gund '63 H'81 reflected on his ongoing work to create landmark thoughtful spaces for the Kenyon community in conversation with Matthew Winkler '77 H'00 P'13. The event included a series of short videos about the work of the Gund Partnership, the architectural firm Gund founded in 1971, including the Kenyon Athletic Center, Peirce Hall and the Gund Gallery. It was a unique opportunity to hear about Gund's creative process and the College's future plans. Watch a short video about Gund's plans or view his full conversation with Winkler on Youtube | Gund's plans for the college
Sarah Murnen, the Samuel B. Cummings Jr. Professor of Psychology, reflected on her years of research about gender stereotypes in American culture in the fourth Kenyon Unique lecture on Feb. 27, 2016. Murnen and her research students have examined the sexualization of girls and likely consequences, and the existence of gender-stereotyped body ideals. A regular commentator on gender issues in the national media, Murnen has taught courses including “Gender and Popular Culture,” “The Psychology of Women” and "Human Sexual Behavior."
Watch Professor Murnen's video on YouTube | Professor Murnen's research
Professor of Sociology Howard Sacks explored where our food comes from, why it matters and what it has to do with the liberal arts in the third lecture Kenyon Unique lecture on April 23, 2015. Sacks has taught at Kenyon since 1975 and, as director of Kenyon's Rural Life Center, he also directs a wide range of public projects with students and faculty on local rural life.
Watch Professor Sacks' video on YouTube.
Writer-in-residence P.F. Kluge '64 drew on his career as a novelist and journalist to share his unique perspective on a literary life for the second Kenyon Unique lecture on Feb. 24, 2013. Kluge is the author of ten novels including "Eddie and the Cruisers" (adapted for film in 1983), "Gone Tomorrow" (2008) and "The Master Blaster" (2012). He also wrote the non-fiction book "Alma Mater" (1995), an account of an academic year at Kenyon. Kluge is a veteran journalist whose reporting on a Brooklyn bank robbery for Life magazine was the basis for the 1975 film "Dog Day Afternoon" and who contributes frequently to National Geographic Traveler.
Professor of American Studies Peter Rutkoff and Professor of History Will Scott delivered the first Kenyon Unique lecture on Oct. 25, 2012. They discussed documenting the vanishing Gullah culture of South Carolina, preserved for generations by descendants of West African slaves. Rutkoff and Scott have worked together since the 1970s. Their most recent book "Fly Away" (2010) examines African-American migrations. Watch Professors Rutkoff and Scott's video on YouTube.