The Thrill is pleased to introduce a new occasional feature: “Professors Who Went Here,” which features current Kenyon professors who also completed their undergraduate education on the Hill. This week we talked to Thomas S. Turgeon Professor of Drama, Jonathan Tazewell ’84.
How has Kenyon changed since your undergraduate years?
How does the knowledge you gained about Kenyon during your undergraduate years influence your teaching?
Much or most of what I learned as a student at Kenyon has made me the teacher I am today. I did not understand at the time that the Baby Drama class that I took as a student would be one of the most important courses in my career, and that watching and studying the teaching of my Kenyon professors would significantly shape what I do and how I do it. My Kenyon education taught me how to be a lifelong scholar. It gave me opportunities to be creative and to model professionalism in my work.
What is your fondest memory of Kenyon as an undergrad and as a professor?
Anything else you would like to tell us?
The college remains a spectacularly beautiful place, but it is so much richer and more beautiful for the diversity and acceptance of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.