Arts & Culture
Kenyon Review editor Nicole Terez Dutton shares her vision for the literary organization.
To aid Knox County voters, CSAD student associates compiled a nonpartisan voting guide to local candidates and issues. Photo by Rebecca Kiger
Society & Politics
Professor Jacqueline McAllister offers a peek into "Civil Wars and Failed States."
From Plexiglass in Peirce to psychology class in Rosse, fall semester looked a little ... different.
From music to writing to history, Allen Ballard '52 H’04 keeps breaking new ground.
“With all of the challenges facing them, their gratitude — joy, even — in being able to sing together, no matter the current circumstances, has been an inspiration to me.” — Professor of Music Ben Locke, on directing the Chamber Singers.
“I am willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the public. I took an oath to that effect when I became a physician. But the public has to sacrifice some too if we want to get through this as safely as possible.” — Dr. Bradley A. Dreifuss ’01, an emergency medicine physician in Arizona, in a June 26 New York Times op-ed imploring the public to help health care workers fight COVID-19.
Arts & Culture
Explore new releases from members of the Kenyon community.
Add a pinch of Gambier to your holiday season with this classic autumnal Kenyon recipe.
On Facebook recently, the mysterious account known only as Lorde Kenyon posed the challenge: “Ruin a Kenyon course title by changing one letter.” Some of our favorites from the 100+ responses:
Sexting: Reading Like an English Major
Porn, Farming and the Roots of American Cultures
Moanings of Death
Congress and Public Policyfaking
Many of our inboxes were blowing up with campaign-related messages this election season, but at least one of them sparked a Kenyon connection instead of ending up in the trash bin. Alise Shuart Barrett ’92, texting on behalf of New Jersey Democrats, was randomly connected with Sophie Silberman ’19, working for Ohio Democrats. Silberman took to Twitter to share her “heartwarming textbank story” of intergenerational Gambier goodwill.
Reflecting how many of us have felt since March, the double doors of Peirce Dining Hall simply decided to give up, lie down and take a nap a few weeks into Kenyon’s fall semester. After all, enough else has gone wrong in 2020 — how much worse could a bit of ingress inconvenience make it? The faulty door was quickly set back on its hinges, but not before achieving minor Twitter fame.
Tofu: Is there anything these little soy-based rectangles can’t do? The versatile vegan staple has been a cornerstone of Peirce Hall’s modiﬁed operations this year, so several first-year students started an Instagram account, @kenyontofu, to rank each day’s offerings, which range from “cooked sponge” to “crispy on the outside, actually seasoned.” Come for the Tofu Bingo and stay for special guest appearances from tofu’s sidekick, “eatloaf.”
Twitter buzzed with excitement at seeing Allison Janney ’82 resume her role as Aaron Sorkin’s iconic White House press secretary CJ Cregg in a “The West Wing” TV special benefiting Michelle Obama’s organization When We All Vote.
The staged reading of the season three episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” reunited the cast and garnered online praise, including, “CJ at the podium again, how I’ve missed this,” and, “I have a queen and her name is CJ Cregg.”
Sadly, there was no reprise of “The Jackal.”
J. Wade Sheppard III, Bethesda, Maryland, has been knee-deep in 18 months of trade negotiations with China on behalf of the U.S. Agriculture Department, his home for most of the last 22 years. Wade reports that he came up for air in January when the current deal was signed.
Reagan L. Neviska finally learned to drive at age 24, she informs. She recently accepted a position in the Office of Information Technology at Ohio University, and is a newly inducted board member of the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program. She has been baking lots of bread and scones, which is “probably her best achievement,” she submits.
Alisoun (Davis) Bertsch, Athens, Pennsylvania, described her quarantine: “We watched Italy singing and decided that, being a Chamber Singer living in a small town, we would go that route. So we ran out to Walmart at midnight and got the last microphone to hook up to our speaker. We text the neighborhood what time we are coming, put the speaker out the car sun roof, and play music and talk to people over the microphone. We are on the street; they are on the sidewalk or porches. We pray together, sing, see if anyone needs anything. In the early days, we passed out books. I wear crazy wigs. Shout out to the Kenyon language, music, drama and religious studies departments for inspiring these things — and to Robert C. (Butch) King '97, who has shown us that bringing the beat brings a lot!” Each morning Alisoun’s kids (16, 13 and 10) send off their dad, a physician at a regional hospital, with a poignant “love you, be safe,” and upon his return they wait for him to wash up and change clothes before they hug him — tightly.