Press releases from 2017-18 can be found below.
Release: Nov. 13, 2018
Internationally acclaimed musician and educator Wynton Marsalis, winner of nine Grammy Awards and the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, will be the featured speaker at Kenyon’s 191st Commencement on May 18, 2019.
Release: Nov. 9, 2018
Award-winning author Gail Lukasik will speak about her book “White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing” at Kenyon College on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater.
Release: Nov. 8, 2018
How predictable is evolution? The answer has long been debated by biologists grappling with the extent to which history affects the repeatability of evolution. A new review published in Science by researchers at Kenyon, MSU and WUSTL explores the complexity of evolution's predictability in extraordinary detail, closely examining evidence from a number of empirical studies.
Release: Oct. 31, 2018
This year Kenyon College awarded the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship to four students: first-year Jimmy Clark, sophomore Eden Stephey, junior Chase Frederick and senior Danaye Nixon. These scholarships support students from Ohio, often for their entire four years at Kenyon.
Release: Oct. 30, 2018
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Kenyon Review Literary Festival, held Nov. 5–9 at Kenyon College. Dove is this year’s recipient of the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, chosen by Kenyon Review editors in conjunction with the Kenyon Review Board of Trustees. Her Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture will be held Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive.
Release: Oct. 25, 2018
Students, faculty and community members were recognized Thursday, Oct. 25, at Kenyon’s annual Founders’ Day celebration, held in Rosse Hall. The ceremony honors those who helped form Kenyon’s foundation and marks the formal introduction of new students to Kenyon.
Release: Oct. 18, 2018
The hardships of living in New York as an undocumented immigrant did not prevent Dan-el Padilla Peralta, an assistant professor of classics at Princeton University, from pursuing his dreams for a successful academic career. On Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m., Peralta will speak at Kenyon College about his experiences in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.
Release: Oct. 17, 2018
Sociologist and writer Lisa Wade speaks at Kenyon College on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. about her newest book, “American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus.” Her address, free and open to the public, will be held in Higley Hall Auditorium, 202 N. College Road. In “American Hookup,” Wade examines the sexual culture of college campuses. Rising above misinformation and moralizing, Wade situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education and the unfinished feminist revolution.
Release: Oct. 15, 2018
Kenyon students will bring to life Sarah DeLappe’s coming-of-age play “The Wolves” on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 19, at 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The play, a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, will be presented in Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St.
Release: Oct. 13, 2018
Kenyon announced today the public launch of its largest fundraising campaign ever, titled Our Path Forward: The Campaign for Kenyon. The $300 million comprehensive campaign funds the vision of the Kenyon 2020 strategic plan and prepares the College for its third century.
Release: Oct. 10, 2018
Kenyon welcomes a number of accomplished artists and designers to campus this fall as part of the Mesaros Visiting Artist lecture series, made possible by the Mesaros Art Fund. Established through a generous gift from Paul and Laura Mesaros, the fund enhances the College’s art program through guest lectures, visiting artists and teachers, and special exhibitions.
Release: Oct. 5, 2018
The Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) at Kenyon College celebrates the turning of the seasons with the 2018 Fall Harvest Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 12-4 p.m. Horse-drawn hayrides, farm animals, apple cider, a campfire and more await festivalgoers at the annual celebration, located at the 500-acre nature preserve at 9781 Laymon Road.
Release: Sept. 26, 2018
Where do colors come from? What makes someone a hero? What would a world without words be like? As creator and co-host of the popular public radio show Radiolab, Jad Abumrad has explored these questions and more. He brings his insatiable curiosity to Kenyon College on Saturday, Oct. 27, for a 7:30 p.m. address in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive.
Release: Sept. 25, 2018
What would a city charter mean for Mount Vernon? Kenyon College’s Center for the Study of American Democracy invites the public to explore the issue at an event Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Knox County Memorial Building, 112 E. High St., Mount Vernon.
Release: Sept. 24, 2018
A number of award-winning writers will speak at Kenyon College this fall as part of the Kenyon Review’s 2018-2019 Reading Series. All events are free and open to the public and are held in the Finn House’s Cheever Room, 102 W. Wiggin St.
Release: Sept. 20, 2018
Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, presents a lecture titled “Performance vs. Power: Is the Black Lives Matter Movement Winning?” on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.
Release: Sept. 11, 2018
This fall, 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 programs: BLAST (for boys) and ATHENAS (for girls). These programs provide students with the opportunity to associate fun with science, be introduced to a community of scientists from all levels (including college and postgraduate), and gain exposure to fields of science and experiments not often taught at the middle or high school level.
Release: Sept. 7, 2018
The Kenyon College Department of Music presents a series of concerts this fall that showcase musical selections from a variety of genres and generations. All events are free and open to the public.
Release: Sept. 6, 2018
Why is America’s class divide worsening, and what can we do to limit inequality? Philosopher and author Matthew Stewart will share his insights in a public lecture Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater in Kenyon College’s Gund Gallery, 101 ½ College Drive.
Release: Aug. 24, 2018
Need a new coat, or looking for some gently used furniture and decor to spruce up your home? Kenyon College’s Rummage Sale will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, and Friday, Aug. 31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane. Items at the sale were donated by Kenyon students and community members last spring and have been carefully selected and sorted by sale staff. Clothing items are high-quality and range from slightly worn to brand-new, with tags.
Release: Aug. 17, 2018
Kenyon College Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies Ric Sheffield will hold the first three-year appointment of an endowed position created to honor Professor of American Studies Peter Rutkoff. As Kenyon’s first Distinguished Professor of Diversity and Inclusion, Sheffield will develop academic work that builds on Kenyon’s efforts at greater diversity, equity and inclusion. The professorship includes an annual budget of $10,000 for programming, such as an expansion of the oral history research Sheffield conducts with students and outreach activities in Knox County.
Release: Aug. 14, 2018
Jan Thomas, senior associate provost at Kenyon College, has been named senior advisor for community relations, effective Sept. 1. In her new role, Thomas will lead Kenyon’s efforts to grow its partnerships with community organizations, area leaders and state and federal officials.
Release: May 24, 2018
Colleen Garland, the chief advancement officer at Ohio Wesleyan University, joins Kenyon College as vice president for advancement on July 1, 2018. As vice president, Garland will steer the strategic direction of Kenyon’s development, alumni and parent engagement, and advancement services operations, and she will work closely with the president, fellow Senior Staff and the Board of Trustees to advance the College’s highest priorities. She will play an integral role in launching the public phase of the College’s most ambitious campaign to date, leading Kenyon’s team of advancement professionals and partnering with stakeholders across campus.
Release: May 14, 2018
Kenyon College will celebrate more than 400 members of the Class of 2018 at its 190th Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony is scheduled to be held on the lawn between two of the College’s oldest academic buildings, Ascension Hall and Samuel Mather Hall. Faculty members and students will proceed to the ceremony along Kenyon’s iconic Middle Path.
Release: April 30, 2018
Knox County Music Interactive (KCMI), an organization founded this year by students at Kenyon College, has announced its inaugural Notewave Festival, an afternoon of live music and interactive exhibits exploring the science of sound. Notewave Festival aims to inspire musical and scientific creativity in the youth of Knox County.
Release: April 26, 2018
The Kenyon College Department of Dance, Drama, and Film is taking a fresh approach to this year’s Spring Dance Concert, held May 3–5 at 8 p.m. in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St.
Release: April 25, 2018
Thomas Karako, director of Kenyon College’s Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD), will step down from his position at the end of June 2018.
Release: April 23, 2018
Kenyon College’s Department of Music closes the spring semester with three concerts featuring a range of musical styles.
Release: April 18, 2018
Don’t procrastinate when adding this event to your calendar: Andrew Santella, author of “Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me,” will present his work Thursday, April 26, at 5 p.m. in the Finn House’s Cheever Room, 102 W. Wiggin St.
Release: April 16, 2018
Swing, funk, Afro-Peruvian and other contemporary styles offer something for everyone as the Kenyon Jazz Ensemble presents its end-of-semester Spring Concert on Saturday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. The concert, which previously had been scheduled for later in the evening, is free and open to the public.
Release: April 10, 2018
Kenyon College and the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) invite the community to celebrate Ohio’s beautiful wildlife at “Keep It Wild: Earth Day at the Brown Family Environmental Center” on Saturday, April 21, from noon to 4 p.m. This free event is located at the BFEC, 9781 Laymon Road.
Release: April 10, 2018
Jelani Cobb, a New Yorker writer known for his insightful articles on the complexity of race in America, speaks Wednesday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in Kenyon College’s Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. His address, titled “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today,” is free and open to the public.
Release: March 24, 2018
Composer Brian Harnetty presents “Shawnee, Ohio,” a unique composition reflecting layers of history in Appalachian Ohio, on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in Kenyon College’s Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive.
Release: March 23, 2018
How can we make scientific innovations accessible at the earliest stages of discovery? Dr. James E. Bradner, president of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), shares his insight in an address titled “Open Science for Undruggable Targets” on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Higley Hall Auditorium, 202 N. College Road.
Release: March 21, 2018
ESPN writer and panelist Kate Fagan will visit Kenyon College to present "Split Image: Reporting on Sports, Social Media and Mental Health," on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. Fagan currently writes for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She also is a regular panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn" and contributes to "Outside the Lines."
Release: February 13, 2018
Renowned and rising black artists from across the country are visiting Kenyon College this February to honor Black History Month 2018. The celebration, organized by the Black Student Union (BSU) and funded in part by Kenyon’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will feature a series of events including poetry readings, empathy practicums and film screenings.
Release: February 12, 2018
Royal W.F. Rhodes, the Donald L. Rogan Professor of Religious Studies at Kenyon College, has taught generations of Kenyon students about death, dying and finding purpose in life. Rhodes will share his insights in the latest Kenyon Unique lecture, titled “Learning Turns to Poetry: Lessons on the End of Life,” on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.
Release: February 6, 2018
Innovative music and video spectacle will merge in an extraordinary concert Friday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in Kenyon College’s Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. The chamber group Fifth House Ensemble will perform the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for the video game “Journey,” while an actual game unfolds on a large screen overhead and the musicians respond to the gamers’ decisions in real time.
Release: January 29, 2018
Javier Zamora comes to Kenyon College for a reading of “Unaccompanied,” his poignant debut collection of poetry, on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Cheever Room of Finn House, 102 W. Wiggin Street.
Release: January 25, 2018
Annie Weisman’s tragicomedy “Be Aggressive” will be presented by the Kenyon College Dance and Dramatic Club (KCDC) on Thursday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St. With a Greek chorus of cheerleaders, iridescent pom-poms, and the best of early-2000s pop music, the mainstage production challenges traditional theater by exploring the complexities of identity through the eyes of a teenage cheerleader in Southern California.
Release: January 24, 2018
Kenyon College's athletics department will host its annual sports clinics on Sunday, Feb. 11, 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: 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.