Professors Who Went Here: Jonathan Tazewell ’84

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

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.

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Parents Weekend: A Comprehensive Guide

Family Weekend: the best time of the year. Make sure not to miss out on the fun and shenanigans!

Family Weekend: the best time of the year. Make sure not to miss out on the fun and shenanigans!

With Parents Weekend coming up this weekend, you may be wondering what to do or where to take your parents or friends’ parents. Luckily for you, Kenyon has an insanely large amount of fun things to do this weekend, so whether you like to cheer on a team, hear music, or watch the stars, Kenyon has something for you!

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Guest Playlist: ConfidenceCoyote Soundtrack the Apocalypse 4 U


Eyewitness sketch of ConfidenceCoyote’s first known show at Kenyon, 4/20/2011 (with former members Taylor Swift and Aubrey “Drake” Graham).

As we are all well aware by now, the world will be coming to an end in a couple of months.  That’s like, eight weekends from now.  So have you thought yet about what you ought to do on this, your SEVENTH-TO-LAST WEEKEND ON EARTH!?!?!

Well fortunately, we have an answer for you.  Firstly, a strikingly handsome ensemble of vocally talented gentlemen will be taking the stage of Rosse Hall tonight at 7:00 p.m.  So if come Dec. 21 you’d like to perish in a burning cataclysm with faint traces of a capella pop arrangements lingering in your recent memory, perhaps this would be a good first step.

But more importantly, in honor of what will be their final concert, the Kokosingers have decided to throw an a capella and apocalypse-themed bash (or “a cap-ocalypse”) in Weaver Cottage around 10:30 tonight. And, in a characteristically sage decision, they have elected none other than Kenyon trip-pop duo ConfidenceCoyote to DJ the after-party. So if you’d prefer to perish in a burning cataclysm with faint memories of a very sweaty, very dancey, very trippy party lingering in your recent memory, drop by anytime after 10:30 p.m.

Hit the jump for a weekend-friendly preview of some jams you might hear blaring over the Weaver P.A. later on this evening.
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