Kenyon Unique is a lecture series featuring distinguished faculty members, whose talks are streamed live and recorded as part of a digital library.
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 February 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."
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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.
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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 February 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 October 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 on YouTube.