Modern Languages and Literatures
Courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish are taught through the innovative Kenyon Intensive Language Model, an immersive experience involving two hours of daily language instruction. Additionally, courses taught in translation allow non-speakers to explore the rich literary and cultural heritage of other language traditions.
8modern languages are taught at Kenyon, and each dives deep into language and culture.
Study Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
Kenyon Intensive Language Model
KILM immerses students though near-daily classes supplemented by drill and conversation sessions led by upperclass students trained as apprentice teachers.
15years running, Kenyon has been a top producer of Fulbright Fellows.
Kenyon in Focus: Apprentice Teachers
Jonathan Urrea-Espinoza '19 and Associate Professor of Spanish Travis Landry discuss the Apprentice Teacher program, in which students lead their peers in sessions designed to enhance language retention.
Romantics and Realists
Read major novels and plays produced during one of the most turbulent eras of French history, from the wake of the French Revolution to the establishment of France's first viable democratic regime, the Third Republic. Works by Hugo, Balzac, Flaubert, Zola and more provide perspective on the social and political upheavals of the time.
Vienna 1900: The Joyful Apocalypse
At the turn of the 20th century, Vienna was home to figures as diverse as Freud, Klimt, Mahler, Trotsky and more. How do we explain the extraordinary cultural energy of the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on the verge of disintegration? The course examines the tensions that characterized “fin-de-siècle” Vienna.
Manga, Anime and Beyond
Explore the visual culture of Japan, covering not only manga, anime and contemporary films, but also tracing back to premodern times, examining illustrated handscrolls, picture books and various forms of performing arts. The course is conducted in English with no prior knowledge of Japanese language required.
Cultural Productions of the Borderlands
Chicana/o culture in the U.S. is a vast yet underrepresented field. This absence is symptomatic of a history of oppression that results in silencing the “other” America. In this course, offered in both Spanish and English, you’ll gain deep understanding of borderlands within the context of their colonial legacies.
How do you celebrate the Lunar New Year?
With a virtual gala! Kenyon students, faculty and alumni gathered over Zoom to celebrate while enjoying Chinese food from nearby Hunan Garden and lucky red envelopes of good fortune provided by Kenyon alumnus Jack Au '73.