On April 20, 2006, Peter Dickson '69 will deliver a lecture titled "Stanton Returns to Kenyon" at 8:00 p.m. in Philomathesian Hall (Ascension 220). Dickson will present a commentary on a speech Andrew Carnegie delivered at Kenyon 100 years ago to commemorate the late Edwin McMasters Stanton, Kenyon matriculate and secretary of war under Abraham Lincoln. Dickson will also examine the cadre of Kenyon men centrally involved in national politics in Lincoln's era. Dickson majored in history at Kenyon, earned a master's in public administration at Harvard, and worked for the C.I.A. His talk is sponsored by the Kenyon College Archives.
Wendy MacLeod, James Michael Playwright-in-Residence, will present the third Presidential Lecture of the year during Common Hour on Tuesday, April 25, in Peirce Hall Lounge. MacLeod, who bills the lecture as "Taking the Drama out of Drama Queen: Not a Lecture Per Se," will read a selection of her comic essays. One essay, titled "Dog-Cat Piece," will appear this fall in the Writers Guild of America's magazine, On Writing , MacLeod says, "and Poetry magazine has asked me to write a comic piece about poets, which is sort of an oxymoron."
Olin Art Gallery will present a Faculty Art Exhibition, featuring the work of Read Baldwin, Claudia Esslinger, Marcella Hackbardt, Craig Hill, and Paola Vezzani, from April 20 through May 27. The opening reception will be Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m.
Baldwin's work, "Reinterpreting Landscape," considers the intimate and the epic and juxtaposes traditional landscape with an abstracted, metaphorical landscape.
Esslinger's video, "Trapèze,"was commissioned by the Ensemble United Berlin in 2004 for live performance, with music composed for the Romanov Ballet in 1924 by Sergei Prokofiev. This work reflects contemporary entertainment traditions, including the Coney Island Mermaid Parade and the Utica Ice Cream Festival.
Hackbardt's "Story of Knowledges" considers the camera's ability to isolate one moment, embarking on storytelling while disrupting narrative, and permanently leaving the viewer in a state of suspense.
Hill's work, "Boys Toys," borrows imagery and techniques from pop culture and modernist works of art in a mixture of representation and abstraction, combined with painting and collage techniques.
Vezzani's self-portrait, "Under the Skin," addresses her "fear of losing the ability to remain alert to the world around me and the freedom to imagine and dream." The work is composed of pigment prints on paper and acetate, with human hair and wax.