Institute Taps WME for Summer Seminar Authors
October 13, 2016
A new collaboration with William Morris Endeavor, one of the world’s leading literary agencies, will bring a host of prominent authors to the 2017 Kenyon Institute Summer Seminar as part of this year’s “Great Books, Great Eras” series at Kenyon on June 18-24. Five WME authors will join Kenyon College faculty members to offer 10 seminar courses that illuminate fascinating periods in history and culture through the lens of masterworks of the era and newly published books.
Joining this year’s faculty:
- Laurence Bergreen, award-winning biographer, historian, and chronicler of exploration, is the author of Columbus: The Four Voyages, Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, and Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, which will form the basis “The Age of Discovery: A Never-Ending Quest.”
- · Joan Juliet Buck, editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue from 1994 to 2001 and former contributing editor to Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, will teach “Fashion and Illusion: Understanding History Through the Costumes We Create,” drawing on her new memoir, The Price of Illusion.
- Rich Cohen, author of the just-published The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone and co-creator of HBO’s Vinyl, will teach “Rock ‘n’ Roll as History, History as Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
- · Priscilla Gilman, author of the best-selling The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy, and former assistant professor of English and American Literature at Yale and Vassar, will draw on her research to lead “The Romantic Poets and Us.”
- Jan Swafford, composer and author of acclaimed biographies of composers Charles Ives, Johannes Brahms, and Ludwig van Beethoven, will preview his next biography of Mozart in the course “The Real Amadeus: Mozart and the Enlightenment.”
Returning in 2017 will be author Stephen Knott, professor of national security at the U.S. Naval War College and author of biographies that have focused on American presidents and their impact on their time, will lead “Roosevelt, Churchill, and Hitler: Three Wartime Leaders and Their Legacies.”
Kenyon faculty members are perennial favorites at the Institute, and their offerings promise equally exciting options for summer 2017. Professor of political science Fred Baumann will explore “Nitzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, and Where that Left Us.” Professor emerita Pam Jensen will lead participants through seminal writings by Rousseau and his impact on the Enlightenment. Professor of art emeritus Martin Garhart returns to the Institute to focus on the still life as personal metaphor. And the Institute welcomes Kenyon writer-in-residence P.F. Kluge, who will draw on his recent books and articles in Smithsonian and National Geographic Traveler in “Seeing the World: Travel and Travel Writing.”
Space is limited in the Summer Seminar courses, which offer lively daily small-group seminars, lectures, films, and a host of recreational and social offerings each June. Registration opens October 18 at www.kenyoninstitute.org or by calling 740-427-5250.
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