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.
Professor Tazewell ’84. Via kenyon.edu
How has Kenyon changed since your undergraduate years?
I came to Kenyon as a first-year student in the fall of 1980. I was a legacy kid because my uncle had graduated from Kenyon in 1961. My parish priest had also gone to seminary at Bexley Hall when it was a part of Kenyon.
Kenyon has changed in many ways since I was a student, but what is most significant to me is that it is a more diverse and more liberal place than it was in the early ’80s. The population of students of color was less than 3%, and there were few non-white faculty members and no African American faculty. The families of students that I knew were mostly moderate to conservative in their political views, and that political point of view dominated the the campus.