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Photography intern Cameron Peters ’20 captured one of her favorite winter hangouts — the Kenyon Greenhouse — where it’s always warm and bright.

Middle Path has been extra snowy this winter, making hats, gloves, scarves and fuzzy boots the hottest accessories on campus.

Beyond Borders

An internship with the Immigrant Worker Project inspired Eric Thornton ’18 to change course.

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On the Ball

For Julian Kobena Morgan ’18, passion for basketball stretches beyond the court.

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Kenyon in Quotes

“How do you balance the concept of free speech with the concept of civil discourse? Free speech is in some ways the easy part of that to define. Civil discourse is hard in part because civility is subjective and that’s the piece that’s important for us to grapple with.” — President Sean Decatur, speaking with USA Today’s Paul Singer ’88, for the “Cup of Politics” podcast.

Feting the Founder

Kenyon’s annual Founders’ Day celebration
in October brought with it the signing of the Matriculation Book, reflections on the College’s history and faculty awards. Professors Joel Richeimer P’21 and Clara Román-Odio P’11,’18 received Bishop Philander Chase medals for 25 years of distinguished service, and Professor of English Sarah Heidt ’97 was awarded the Faculty Advising Award. 

Cultural Conversations

This winter, two separate issues received much attention and discussion both on and off campus. In February, Playwright-in-Residence Wendy MacLeod ’81 canceled an on-campus production of her original play, “The Good Samaritan,”  after members of the faculty and student body expressed concerns about its representation of a Guatemalan youth. Unrelated, but around the same time, a new “whiteness” discussion group formed at Snowden Multicultural Center, with a goal of exploring “what it means to be a white person while benefiting from societal privilege, as well as what it means to be a white ally to marginalized groups,” according to the Collegian. The Bulletin is considering how to bring some  of the issues raised on campus, by alumni and others, to these pages in future issues.

Silver Lining

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. “Nate Silver is uniquely positioned to offer remarks to our graduating class on what it means to apply rigorous thinking and careful analysis to a variety of questions,” President Sean Decatur said. 

Class Notes

Recent Class Notes
’15

Stephanie A. Cordonnier headed to Providence, Rhode Island, with Hanning Wong ’16 to begin an internal medicine residency at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital in June. Stephanie plans to pursue a fellowship in geriatrics. After graduating from medical school in May, she earned the first doctorate degree in her family.

’76

James A. Frank and his wife welcomed their first grandchild after relocating during the pandemic to Arlington, Virginia. “Moved out of the NY metro area for the first time since graduating college,” Jim updates. “We’re extremely lucky to be 15 minutes away, in their bubble. We spent his first few months as unpaid daycare workers! Healthy, and totally smitten with the next generation.”

’77

Matthew A. Winkler, Summit, New Jersey, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2006, looks back on how the College navigated 2020. “Kenyon learning went remote for the first time in its 197-year history,” he notes. “Students, professors and administrators were dispersed, shut in. President Sean Decatur initiated more than two dozen board and committee meetings via Zoom in the ensuing months to keep everyone connected. At first, dread surrounded us personally, professionally and as a community. But President Decatur — with the unflagging support of Board Chair Brackett Denniston III ’69 — led Kenyon to transform 2020 into an opportunity. Instead of foundering, the $300 million Path Forward Campaign became the $500 million campaign: unprecedented funds for inclusion, equity and diversity; new student housing forever ending a chronic and historic deficiency; and a new, bigger, better-than-ever Chalmers Library with the same natural bright light that welcomed us in 1973. We celebrated the longest-serving editor of the Kenyon Review, my friend David H. Lynn ’76, who rescued the KR from extinction and made it a modern literary masterpiece befitting Ransom’s legacy. The Kenyon Review Board (I’m on that one too, since its inception. in 1995) welcomed David’s glorious successor Nicole Terez Dutton via Zoom. She’s off to an amazing start at a moment when the literature we contemplate has never been more inspiring, varied and relevant.” Matt thanks John J. Bogasky for arranging monthly Zooms and “our class Earth mother,” Nina P. Freedman, for her nurturing gifts as his colleague at Bloomberg Philanthropy and a treasured trustee on the Kenyon board. For him, he sums up, Kenyon is now many generations: On a lake house weekend, Matt hosted Prita Kidder Carroll ’11 and Macpherson C. Carroll ’11; daughter Lydia R. Winkler ’13; and son Jacob, a Kenyon Review Young Writer, with his three children. “Prita, graceful as ever, reminded us on the tennis court what put her on the Kenyon All-Decade list of greats. Lydia crushed us all in pingpong. In these perilous times I remain grateful to share the four-decade-old conversation with pals Andrew L. Gespass, Rabbi Steven J. Lebow, Peter F. Meyer and Richard S. West. Thank you for making Kenyon what it became in 2020.”

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