Read along with these six Kenyon courses from the comfort of your own home.
Jump for Joy! Grammy-nominated musician Zak Morgan ’94 entertains children at a 2018 Reunion Weekend family concert.
Gund Gallery visitors admire “Bos taurus,” by Addison Wagner ’18, at the annual senior student art exhibition in May.
Society & Politics
In conversations about race, be curious and open, racial justice educator Debby Irving '83 says.
Stand-up comic Delaney Barker ‘20 mines the college experience for laughs.
With renovations complete, the Kenyon Bookstore embraces its role as a community hub.
“Participation in politics gives students clarity and enables them to understand their strengths.” — Diane Anci, vice president of enrollment management and dean of admissions, on the role activism can play in college admissions decisions, in the Atlantic.
Neuroscience major Diana Aboubakare ’18 faces a big match. But first, she heads to class.
In retirement, Doug Wang ’78 pays it forward.
Every year at Commencement, Kenyon alumni are invited to take part in the hooding ceremonies of their graduating children. Pictured here, Myles H. Alderman Jr. ’82 P’14, ’18, participates in the hooding of his son, Brooks H. Alderman ’18, on May 19. The younger Alderman graduated from Kenyon with a degree in political science.
Four temporary modular units were installed on campus in the spring. Starting in the fall, the units will house library services and provide study space during construction of the new library. Three modular units on Ransom Lawn, totaling about 14,000 square feet of space, will host the library’s core services, including circulation, research and reference, Helpline, special collections and archives, public printers, periodicals, new books, computer workstations and study spaces. A
3,000-square-foot modular building between Watson and Norton halls will provide seating for more than 100 students.
Kenyon’s third annual Bell-A-Thon raised $687,044 in donations with the help of 1,075 donors and a one-to-one trustee match. Live streamed from the belltower of the Church of the Holy Spirit, the event featured performances from student groups such as the Kokosingers and ballroom dance team, and conversations with professors like P.F. Kluge ’64 and Perry Lentz ’64.
“After many years of mothering and freelancing I started a job at Apple News in January. I’m in the N.Y. office but — in non-COVID times at least — will visit the Bay Area often for work. The girls are growing fast — two teens now! Was sad to miss SAIEW.”
— Kristen (Bruno) McClusky, Montclair, New Jersey
Michael C. Johnston, Stratham, New Hampshire, sent the following note: “Dear friends, I am at the start of what I hope will be a long goodbye. I have stage-four brain cancer originating in my lung. Small cell. No cure. I appreciate knowing you and the people we encountered at Kenyon, who guided us in keeping calm and finding the value and wholeness of the life I have followed. I am happy that I became a teacher, an illustrator and a filmmaker.” Mike shared two of his films (available on YouTube): “Masks of Wolokoton and Desso” portrays masked funeral dances in Burkina Faso, and “Konkolikan Sambla Baan Burkina Faso” follows English teacher Samadou Coulibaly as he narrates a villager’s assembly of a traditional xylophone. Mike’s artwork is at michaeljohnstonart.com, where you can reach him. “I would love to hear from you,” he concludes. “No telling how long, but my spirit’s up, and I am happy — not least because I am remembering our times at Kenyon.”
Elana S. Spivack, Closter, New Jersey, began a master’s in science writing at NYU. “Trying to read, connect with people and write stories on all kinds of scientific findings,” she notes.