Related Events

Throughout the year, additional events and exhibitions celebrating women at Kenyon will take place on campus. We celebrate this 50th anniversary with pride in our past and continued momentum toward the expansion of inclusion and equality at Kenyon.

August 30 - December 15

"Hue, Saturation, Value: The Archer Paintings," on display at the Gund Gallery
This new body of work by Los Angeles-based artist Meg Cranston ‘82 continue her investigation into color theory and its cultural ramifications, the legacy of modernism, individual and shared experience, and highlight her idiosyncratic approach to art-making. The paintings were created to present students at the Archer School for Girls with an array of color choices and allow them to vote for their favorites as an experiment to see if they would select colors similar to those dictated by the industrial color industry or make different choices. View the Kenyon calendar.

August 30 - May 31

"Alumnae: 50 Years," on display at the Gund Gallery
The Gund Gallery’s first-ever associate-curated alumnae artist series celebrates five decades of women’s impact on Kenyon. This series explores the interaction between bodies and the environments they inhabit, ranging from the body as an industrial being in the natural environment to a woman’s body as a commodity in the political arena. "50 Years" sparks an awareness of our roles as active participants in an ever-changing system, whether that be Kenyon or beyond. The fall artist schedule includes Mia Halton '73 (Aug. 30 - Sept. 27), Mallory Cremin '84 and Cynthia Brinich-Langlois '04 (Oct. 4 - Nov. 1) and Mitra Fabian '96 and Erica Rosenfeld '97 (Nov. 8 - Dec. 6). Curatorial research and concepts formulated in an alumnae show proposal by Professor of Art Marcella Hackbardt contributed to the development of this series of exhibitions.
 View the Kenyon calendar.

September 9

Toni Morrison Memorial Read-in at 4:15 p.m. in Finn House's Cheever Room
On Monday, August 5, 2019, the world lost one of its greatest literary voices, Toni Morrison. Thankfully, her words live on. (Also, if you've read her work, you know that she viewed the line between the living and the dead as very fine, perhaps even permeable.) The English Department invites anyone who wishes to join us to celebrate and honor Toni Morrison and her work with a memorial read-in. Read a favorite brief passage of her work or just listen to other readers. As we mark the significant anniversaries of the Black Student Union and of women at Kenyon, it is particularly fitting that we take a moment to remember this African American woman writer who unapologetically centered the voices of black people and especially of black girls and women. Refreshments will be provided. View the Kenyon calendar.

September 12

Dinner with Neighbors from 6 - 8 p.m.
The Kenyon community will host an inaugural Dinner with Neighbors program: many dinners will be held simultaneously as part of the Women at Kenyon: 50 Years of Coeducation celebration. We invite faculty, staff, local alumni and friends of Kenyon to host a dinner in their home that evening between 6 and 8 p.m. for up to 8 guests. Students are encouraged to join members of the Kenyon community, including alumnae volunteers, to discuss this momentous anniversary and the future of inclusivity, understanding and support of one another. Registration is required at

September 13 - 15

Celebration Weekend
The year-long celebration of coeducation kicks off Sept. 13 in Gambier and includes performances, art exhibits, networking receptions and engaging panel discussions. View the weekend schedule. Register to attend.

September 16

Talk by Helene Shapiro '75 at 3:10 p.m. in Hayes Hall 109
Helene Shapiro '75 graduated Kenyon with a B.A. in mathematics, and she is from one of the first coed classes to graduate. She just retired from Swarthmore Department of Mathematics. View the Kenyon calendar.

Talk by Lydia Villa-Komaroff at 7 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater 
In a talk titled "Intersections of Science, Business and Diversity," Lydia Villa-Komaroff will describe her life as a scientist and her experience learning the unwritten rules of academia. She’ll discuss her entry into the business side of science and her current focus on increasing diversity in science, math, engineering and medicine. She is interested in how the mental processes that underlie decision-making can interfere with increasing diversity in American research and educational institutions. Villa-Komaroff will also participated in a lunch panel on Sept. 17 at 11:10 a.m. Villa-Komaroff's visit is sponsored by the Kenyon HHMI Inclusive Excellence Grant, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Office of the President, Adelante and the Latinx Concentration Advisory Board.  View the Kenyon calendar.

September 27

Q&A with Michelle Alexander at 7:30 p.m. in Rosse Hall 
In the keynote event for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Union titled "Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," Michelle Alexander will explores the cultural biases that still exist within the American legal system and how segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration. A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m. View the Kenyon calendar.

October 8

National Coming Out Day Lecture by Ramona Peel at 4:10 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater
This year's talk will feature Ramona Peel, lead trainer for the Equitas Health Institute, who will share her personal coming out narrative. View the Kenyon calendar.

October 12

Bats, Bugs and Brownies at 1 p.m. at Mavec Field
Kenyon student athletes and Brown Family Environmental Center student managers will help local Girl Scouts earn two badges — "Bugs" and "Fair Play." View the Kenyon calendar.

October 16

Visual Journalism and Social Documentary Photo and Film Panel at 7 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater
Marcia Allert, director of visual journalism for the Dallas Morning News, Liz Scheltens '09, senior video producer for Vox Media, and Sarah Weiser '10 producer/videographer/photographer for Retro Report, will discuss contemporary visual journalism and documentary practice. View the Kenyon calendar.

October 19

Talk by Caitlin Flanagan at 10 a.m. in Finn House's Cheever Room
In celebration of Kenyon’s 50th year of coeducation, the Kenyon Review welcomes Caitlin Flanagan, staff writer at the Atlantic, who will look at women who shaped the American midcentury: Joan Didion, Angela Davis, Patty Hearst, Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. View the Kenyon calendar.

October 21

"Kenyon Women in Econ: Beyond Ascension Hall" at 7 p.m. in Peirce Lounge
Where can an economics degree from Kenyon take you? Join the econ department in welcoming four outstanding recent alumnae back to the hill to discuss their academic and career paths. Discussion topics will include building a mentoring network, navigating hiring and negotiation, and cultivating key professional skills. Panelists include Sophie Alexander '18, wealth reporter for Bloomberg News, Sarah Kahwash '14, judicial clerk for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Harvard Law School graduate, Claire O'Donnell-McCarthy '17, client services at BlackRock, and Mariah Williamson '16, senior internal auditor for Macy's Corporate Finance. The panel will be moderated by Assistant Professor of Economics Katie Black. View the Kenyon calendar.

October 22

"Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality" at 11:10 a.m. in Hayes 109
Elizabeth Armstrong, author and professor of sociology at the University of Michigan, will discuss her research and book. A powerful exposé of unmet obligations and misplaced priorities, it explains in vivid detail why so many leave college with so little to show for it. View the Kenyon calendar.

October 23

Talk by Laure Marest at 4:10 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater
Marest, the Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator, Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by a project to renovate the MFA's "ancient wing." View the Kenyon calendar.

Talk by Claude Steele at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater
In a talk titled "Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community," Claude Steele will discuss diverse learning communities: why they are important, what is critical to their success and what research reveals about how to achieve that success. He will identify features of diverse learning communities that, while good for all students, are especially helpful for women in STEM fields and for minority students. View the Kenyon calendar.

October 24

Girls Who Invest information session at 11:10 a.m. in Sam Mather 215
Join Girls Who Invest representatives for a virtual information session to learn more about their 10-week training and internship program. View the Kenyon calendar.

October 29

Talk by Jennifer Morris at 4:10 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater
Cultural property attorney Jennifer Morris will explore legal responses to the international trade in looted antiquities, including recent repatriation efforts and changing trends in how museums, collectors and dealers react to these claims. View the Kenyon calendar.

November 7

Talk by Josie Lopez at 11:10 a.m. in Gund Gallery 101
The Art History Department and the Mesaros Art Fund host Josie Lopez who will share her experiences as the curator of art at the Albuquerque Museum. View the Kenyon calendar.

November 11

Talk by Katharine Jefferts Schori at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater
In a talk titled "Breaking the Stained-Glass Ceiling: Women's Religious Leadership Around the Globe," the Rt. Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, will speak to her experience breaking the "stained-glass" ceiling in the church and her experiences meeting women in diverse religious leadership positions throughout the world. Jefferts Schori will also participate in a panel discussion about religious women on Nov. 12 at 11:10 a.m. in Brandi Recital Hall. View the Kenyon calendar.

November 12

Panel Discussion: Religious Women at Kenyon at 11:10 a.m. in Brandi Recital Hall
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, joins other religious women at Kenyon for a panel discussion. View the Kenyon calendar.

November 18

"Mariannes noires" film screening and discussion at 7 p.m. in the Community Foundation Theater
Professor Mame-Fatou Niang of Carnegie Mellon University will present her award-winning documentary on women of the African Diaspora in contemporary France, "Mariannes noires" ("Black Mariannes"). View the Kenyon calendar.

November 19

Talk by Caitlin McGurk at 11:10 a.m. in Gund Gallery 101
Caitlin McGurk, assistant professor and associate curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University, will discuss her current show "Ladies First: A Century of Women's Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art." View the Kenyon calendar.

January 30 - February 1

Production of "When We Were Young and Unafraid" at 8 p.m. in the Bolton Theater
Published in 2015 and set in 1972, this play by Sarah Treem focuses on Agnes, a single mother of a teenage daughter, who owns and operates a boarding house on an island in the northwest U.S. Her house also functions as an underground refuge for battered and abused women. This story remembers the rise of feminism and reminds us of a time when women struggled to find their own voices while resonating still with the #MeToo movement today. Performances will take place Jan. 30 - 31 and Feb. 1. 

February 9

Girls and Women in Sports Day at 1 p.m. at the Kenyon Athletic Center
Kenyon varsity athletes will host free sports clinics for girls in kindergarten - 8th grade in the local community. View the Kenyon calendar.

Talk by Emily Nagoski at 7 p.m. in Higley Hall Auditorium
In a talk titled "The Science of Sex Positivity," award-winning author Emily Nagoski will share her expertise on the subjects of women's sexual wellbeing, health relationships and the prevention of sexual violence and harassment. View the Kenyon calendar.

March 27 - 28

Production of "Athena" by Gracie Gardner '13 at 8 p.m. in the Hill Theater
This dramatic comedy follows Mary Wallace and Athena, seventeen-year-old fencers training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They wish they were friends. View the Kenyon calendar.

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