Press releases from 2019-20 can be found below.
Release: July 11, 2020
Kenyon College, in partnership with the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, joined 179 colleges and universities in an amicus brief filed in support of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s legal complaint against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The plaintiffs seek an injunction against new guidance from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that effectively implements a ban on international students enrolled exclusively in online courses as a result of COVID-19.
Release: April 28, 2020
Release: Feb. 28, 2020
Samie Kim Falvey, chairman of Imagine Television and a 1996 Kenyon College graduate, will be the featured speaker at Kenyon’s 192nd Commencement on May 16, 2020.
Release: Feb. 14, 2020
Jeffrey A. Bowman, professor of history and associate provost at Kenyon, will succeed Joseph L. Klesner as the College’s next provost, effective July 1. Since joining the Kenyon faculty in 1997, Bowman has taken on progressive positions of leadership within the faculty and administration: resident director of the Kenyon-Exeter program, chair of the history department, co-chair of Campus Senate, chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, chair of the faculty and most recently associate provost.
Release: Feb. 11, 2020
As part of Kenyon College’s yearlong celebration commemorating 50 years of women at the College, the Kenyon Jazz Ensemble presents a winter program of music by female composers and arrangers. The performance will be given Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. The 18-piece Jazz Ensemble, directed by Professor of Music Ted Buehrer, is made up of 19 students and two Kenyon faculty and staff members. The concert is free and open to the public.
Release: Feb. 11, 2020
Father Columba Stewart, a Benedictine monk and executive director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML), speaks at Kenyon College on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4:15 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive. His lecture, titled “What a (Modern) Monk Does: Saving the World’s Manuscript Heritage from Imminent Danger,” is free and open to the public.
Release: Feb. 10, 2020
Kenyon College is among 19 institutions in the country to be a top producer of both Fulbright U.S. students and Fulbright U.S. scholars in the 2019–20 academic year. The College also is one of the top baccalaureate institutions that produce the most student winners of the fellowship, marking the 15th time Kenyon has appeared on the top-producing student list, published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Release: Feb. 4, 2020
What were some of the consequences of Kenyon College’s decision to first enroll women nearly 50 years ago? Education historian Linda Morice shares her expert insight in a free public talk Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Kenyon’s Peirce Lounge, 201 College-Park St. A book signing will follow Morice’s talk. This event is part of Kenyon’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of women at Kenyon.
Release: Jan. 29, 2020
Worried about catching the illness known as the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)? Curious as to how public health authorities manage the spread of disease? Wondering what a virus even is, how a new one emerges and how a coronavirus compares to something like influenza? A free informational session hosted by the Kenyon College Department of Biology and featuring both scientists and public health experts will answer these questions and more.
Release: Jan. 28, 2020
Kenyon College students present Sarah Treem’s “When We Were Young and Unafraid” on Thursday, Jan. 30, Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park Street. Tickets are $7.50 for general admission, and for groups of 10 or more, $5. Tickets are $4 for seniors, non-Kenyon students and children under 12, and $2 for Kenyon students.
Release: Jan. 22, 2020
A number of award-winning writers will speak at Kenyon College this spring as part of the Kenyon Review’s 2019–20 Reading Series. All events are free and open to the public. All events are sponsored in whole or in part by the Kenyon Review, the Kenyon College Department of English, the GLCA New Writers Award, the Ohio Arts Council and the Kenyon Review Associates Program.
Release: Jan. 17, 2020
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Kenyon College a $150,000 grant to support a science-writing initiative that will empower students to clearly and artfully articulate important scientific topics to a general audience. Through the initiative, students from all disciplines will hone their ability to explain their research and to inspire discovery and deeper understanding of a range of scientific pursuits.
Release: Jan. 15, 2020
Kenyon College’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 20, will feature a keynote address by Loretta Ross, a nationally recognized women’s rights and human rights leader. Events begin at 3 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive, and are free and open to the public.
Release: Jan. 13, 2020
The Kenyon College Department of Music presents its series of spring concerts, featuring genres including jazz, opera and musical theatre. The Knox County Symphony concerts cost $10 for adults and $7 for seniors; students with ID are admitted free. All other concerts are free. For more information, call the Department of Music at 740-427-5197.
Release: Jan. 6, 2020
This spring brings a chance for middle school students (grades 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: Dec. 5, 2019
Kenyon College dancers will present an expressive range of modern dance and creative talent at this year’s Fall Dance Concert, held Thursday, Dec. 12, Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Hill Theater, 203 College-Park St.
Release: Dec. 4, 2019
Maher Latif, a 2017 Kenyon College graduate, has been remarkably efficient in pursuing his career goals of improving educational and economic outcomes around the world. As a first-year, he co-founded a nonprofit organization with 2016 graduate Manjul Bhusal Sharma to enrich learning opportunities for students in Nepal.
Release: Nov. 6, 2019
Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori broke boundaries in 2006 when she became the first female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. She will share her experience in a talk at Kenyon College on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Release: Nov. 1, 2019
This year, four Kenyon College students from Ohio have been awarded Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarships: first-year Jack Provenza, sophomore Jimmy Clark, junior Eden Stephey and senior Chase Frederick. Knowlton Scholars normally receive support for all four years at Kenyon.
Release: Oct. 25, 2019
Associate Professor of Physics John T. Giblin, Jr. and Rachel Nguyen, a physics major in the Kenyon College Class of 2019, teamed with physicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Netherlands’ Leiden University on a study that illuminates how the universe reached the thermal state necessary for the Big Bang to occur.
Release: Oct. 24, 2019
Acclaimed writer T.C. Boyle, whose works include “World’s End,” “Drop City” and “The Relive Box,” will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Kenyon Review Literary Festival, held Nov. 4–8 at Kenyon College.
Release: Oct. 8, 2019
Kenyon College students will take center stage for the production of “The House of Bernarda Alba” on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 18, at 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. The play, a fiery and poetic drama that follows the story of a widowed mother and her five daughters, will be presented in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St.
Release: Oct. 7, 2019
How does diversity enhance environments of learning? Renowned social psychologist and educator Claude Steele shares his research on diverse learning communities and their importance in a public address at Kenyon College on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The free event will be held in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater.
Release: Oct. 1, 2019
Globally recognized conflict specialist Jim Tull speaks at Kenyon College on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. on how he successfully navigates disputes and builds consensus. His talk, free and open to the public, will be held in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 ½ College Drive.
Release: September 27, 2019
Kenyon College’s Brown Family Environmental Center hosts its 2019 Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon-4 p.m. The event, free and fun for all ages, will be held at the 500-acre nature preserve, located at 9781 Laymon Road.
Release: September 25, 2019
Dr. Namita Sharma, a pediatrician with Doctors Without Borders, will discuss her time with the organization in a public talk Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 11:10 a.m. in Kenyon College’s Higley Hall Auditorium.
Release: September 23, 2019
Before the cool autumn air descends on Knox County, participate in a nature run along the Kokosing River on Saturday, Oct. 19. The 5K/10K races will start at 9:30 a.m. and follow a course around the southern trail system at Kenyon's Brown Family Environmental Center.
Release: September 17, 2019
How has systemic racial injustice shaped American life? Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” shares her expert insight in a moderated Q&A on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Rosse Hall.
Release: September 16, 2019
The Kenyon College Department of Music presents its schedule of fall concerts, featuring genres ranging from jazz to opera. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Department of Music at 740-427-5197.
Release: September 13, 2019
This fall 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: September 5, 2019
Why is increasing diversity among scientists, mathematicians and engineers important, and how can it be done? Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a distinguished scientist and businesswoman, will address these questions in a speech at Kenyon on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. This event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater.
Release: August 13, 2019
Gently used furniture, clothing, home decor and more will be available for purchase at the annual Kenyon College Rummage Sale, held Wednesday, Aug. 28, and Thursday, Aug. 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gambier Community Center.
Release: August 12, 2019
Release: July 30, 2019
Family and classmates of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, along with other members of the Kenyon community, are honoring López’s commitment to democracy through a new award in his name, administered by Kenyon’s Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD).
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 patriarchal 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.