Press releases from 2018-19 can be found below.
Release: May 24, 2019
Michael D. Sweazey, director of the Office of International Safety and Security at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, joins Kenyon College as director of campus safety on July 1, 2019.
Release: May 23, 2019
Thanks to a $30,000 gift from local business leaders and philanthropists Mark and Denise Ramser, Kenyon College students will have increased opportunities to engage in paid internships with Knox County nonprofits.
Release: May 15, 2019
The Kenyon College Rummage Sale is accepting donations for its annual sale each weekday through Friday, May 24. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane.
Release: May 13, 2019
Kenyon College will celebrate more than 400 members of the Class of 2019 at its 191st Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. Internationally acclaimed musician and educator Wynton Marsalis will deliver the Commencement address. Marsalis is the winner of nine Grammy Awards and was the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
Release: May 1, 2019
Eight student musicians have been invited to perform at Kenyon College’s Angela Waite Student Recital, held Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in Storer Hall’s Brandi Recital Hall, 105 College Drive.The concert features students who gave outstanding performances during their music juries this spring.
Release: Apr. 24, 2019
The Kenyon College Department of Dance, Drama and Film will present attendees of its annual Spring Dance Concert with a special treat: a historical staging from score of a Jerome Robbins dance as originally performed in the 1945 Broadway production of “Billion Dollar Baby.” The concert, held May 2–4 at 8 p.m. in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St., showcases Robbins’ energetic “Charleston Ballet,” a performance which has been in the works among Kenyon dancers for nearly a year.
Release: Apr. 17, 2019
Kenyon College President Sean Decatur has been elected to the 239th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent research centers. He joins more than 200 individuals with compelling achievements in academia, business, government and public affairs who were elected this year.
Release: Apr. 15, 2019
Jonathan Tazewell, the Thomas S. Turgeon Professor of Drama at Kenyon College, will debut his feature film “Gotta Get Down To It” in a series of special screenings Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in the Hill Theater, 203 College-Park St. The film is the product of a yearlong effort led by Tazewell in collaboration with Kenyon students, staff, alumni and members of the Knox County theater community. It is the first original feature film to be produced by Kenyon’s film department, which established its film major in 2011.
Release: Apr. 10, 2019
What are some of the political and economic challenges facing Venezuela, and how can the country build its path back to democracy? Moises Rendon, an expert on public policy issues in Latin America, shares his insight in a conversation at Kenyon College on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.
Release: Apr. 8, 2019
How have smartphones shaped today’s young adults? Psychologist Jean M. Twenge shares her expert insight in an address Wednesday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in Kenyon College’s Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St. Her talk, titled “iGen: Understanding the Smartphone Generation,” is free and open to the public.
Release: Apr. 4, 2019
Shigeko Sasamori, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, will speak at Kenyon College on Thursday, April 11, at 11:10 a.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive. In her address, titled “August 6th, 1945: My Story,” Sasamori will share her account of her life after the bombing, which occurred when she was a teenager.
Release: Apr. 2, 2019
Kenyon College has become the 67th educational institution in the nation and the second in Ohio to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. Kenyon joins more than a hundred other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.
Release: Mar. 28, 2019
Rep. TJ Cox will speak at Kenyon College on Monday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive. His event, titled “Building a New House in Congress,” is free and open to the public.
Release: Mar. 25, 2019
Release: Feb. 21, 2019
A number of award-winning writers will speak at Kenyon College this spring as part of the Kenyon Review’s 2018–19 Reading Series. All events are free and open to the public.
Release: Feb. 18, 2019
In 2015, Kenyon College Professor of Spanish Clara Román-Odio and students Amelia Dunnell and Patricia Mota launched Latinos in Rural America (LiRA), a public humanities project designed to broaden knowledge, engagement and understanding of the Latino/a experience in rural Ohio. Portions of the project have been included in the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street exhibition “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” which will tour the country through 2025.
Release: Feb. 13, 2019
Entrepreneur Nicole Van Der Tuin, a 2007 graduate of Kenyon College, will share her experience as a financial technology pioneer in this year’s Kenyon Unique lecture Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. Her lecture, titled “Storytelling and Startups: An Entrepreneur's Journey to Tackle the $5 Trillion Global Credit Gap,” will be held in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater.
Release: Feb. 12, 2019
Kenyon College is ranked fifth in the nation among baccalaureate institutions for producing winners of the J. William Fulbright Fellowship in 2018–19. This marks the 14th time Kenyon has appeared on the list, published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Release: Jan. 29, 2019
Kenyon College has made available extensive research on the Gullah culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands, a culture closer to 1715 than 2019 in its vernacular. The Gullah Digital Archive is based on years of study done by Professor of American Studies Peter Rutkoff and Professor Emeritus of History Will Scott with assistance from Kenyon students and Ohio public school teachers in the Kenyon Academic Partnership program.
Release: Jan. 28, 2019
Kenyon College students present “Machinal,” a landmark of the expressionist theater movement, on Thursday, Jan. 31, Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. in Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St. “Machinal,” which means automatic or mechanical in French, was written by Sophie Treadwell in 1928. It centers around a woman’s journey of finding her identity in a patriarchial world and explores the conditions of society that would drive a woman to commit murder.
Release: Jan. 17, 2019
The Kenyon College Department of Music presents its schedule of spring concerts, featuring styles ranging from jazz classics to Japanese shakuhachi music.
Release: Jan. 16, 2019
Longtime journalist Mike Curtin visits Kenyon College on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. to discuss the shifting media landscape in America. His talk, titled “The Fall of Newspapers and the Rise of Fake News,” will be held in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater.
Release: Jan. 10, 2019
This winter brings a chance for middle schoolers (grade 6-8) to have an extraordinary, sensory, hands-on science experience on Kenyon College’s campus. BLAST (for boys) and ATHENAS (for girls) 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: Jan. 9, 2019
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, Jan. 26, for a 7:30 p.m. address in Rosse Hall.
Release: Jan. 8, 2019
Kenyon College’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 21, will feature a keynote address by Leslie M. Harris, professor of history at Northwestern University. Events begin at 3 p.m. in Rosse Hall and are free and open to the public.
Release: Dec. 19, 2018
How valuable is Facebook to its users, and how can you measure the value of the site when access is free? Three economists and a social media researcher pooled their work and expertise to assess Facebook’s value to its users, in contrast to its market value or its contribution to gross domestic product.
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.