Why Whiteness? A Statement from President Decatur

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This post was guest-written by President Decatur

In light of media reports in recent days, several alumni, parents, and other friends of the College have asked me a series of questions: “Why does the campus need a study group on whiteness?” “Can’t you and the campus move beyond obsessions with race and diversity?” I believe that the cursory stories in the media have it wrong, and I don’t think we can address the disconnect without serious examination of issues of race in the U.S. and how that influences life on campus. Continue reading

Do It Tonight: This Was Water

These are goldfish.

These are goldfish.

Unless you live in a hole in the ground, you probably know that David Foster Wallace came to Kenyon this one time and gave this speech. Three years later, he was dead. This was not the expected progression of events. So, D.T. Max wrote this book, and he’s here to talk!

  • What: “This Was Water: A Reading and Discussion with D.T. Max”
  • Where: Rosse Hall
  • When: 7:30 pm TONIGHT

Another Year, Another Revisiting of “This is Water”

It’s commencement time again, which means people are getting in the graduation speech spirit, gossiping about who’s speaking where (President Obama went to OSU again, since it’s not like he practically lived there last fall) and reminiscing about the commencement addresses of yore. With that in mind, watch this hot new adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s hit 2005 Kenyon address, “This is Water” — now with pretty moving colors for those of you who can’t sit through a brief speech without getting bored and taking a Tumblr break, or something. It’s a great way to end another beautiful year on the Hill, or for the seniors, to get extra emotional about your own upcoming commencement.