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June 18 - June 24

Kenyon Summer Seminar

Faculty & Speakers

The seminars are taught by professors and authors who love teaching and who, in many cases, have won awards for their talents. In creating these courses especially for the Kenyon Institute, they have selected authors whom they particularly admire, books that they view as central to their fields, and their own original work.


Fred Baumann

Professor of Political Science, Kenyon College

In a Kenyon teaching spanning more than three decades, Baumann has earned a reputation as a “must-have” professor, who leads discussion with rigor and wit, always pushing students beyond easy conclusions. He has been awarded the Trustee Teaching Excellence…

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Laurence Bergreen

Author and Historian

Laurence Bergreen is an award-winning biographer, historian, and chronicler of exploration. His 2011 book, Columbus: The Four Voyages, was a New York Times bestseller, a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, BOMC2, the History Book Club, and the Military…

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Joan Juliet Buck

Former Editor-in-Chief, Paris Vogue, and author

Joan Juliet Buck is an American novelist, critic, essayist, editor, and actress, raised in Paris and London, who served as editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue from 1994 to 2001. She began as Glamour’s book critic while still in college and became British …

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Rich Cohen

Author

Rich Cohen is the author of The New York Times bestsellers Tough Jews, The Avengers, Monsters, and (with Jerry Weintraub) When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead. In his latest, The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones, Cohen recalls life as a young…

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Martin Garhart

Professor Emeritus of Art, Kenyon College

Garhart has worked as an artist/teacher for the past 45 years, including 31 as Professor of Studio Art at Kenyon. His works reside in more than 40 institutions, including the British Museum, Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institute. Garhart…

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Priscilla Gilman

Author

Priscilla Gilman is the author of The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy, chosen as an NPR Morning Edition “Must-Read,” Slate’s “Book of the Week,” and a favorite book of 2011 by the Chicago Tribune. Gilman graduated from Yale summa cum laude…

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Pamela Jensen

Professor Emerita of Political Science, Kenyon College

Just as popular as her course material, Pamela Jensen has been teaching at Kenyon since 1980. During that time, she has twice been awarded the Trustee Teaching Excellence Award. Jensen has a long-standing interest in politics and literature and has been…

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P. F. Kluge

Writer in Residence, Kenyon College

Born in New Jersey, P.F. Kluge attended Kenyon and the University of Chicago, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps (in Micronesia). He has worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and as an editor at Life magazine. He has written for numerous publications…

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Stephen Knott

Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College

Knott is the author of numerous historical books, including his most recent, Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America, which was published by Sourcebooks in September 2015 and co-authored with Tony Williams. Prior to accepting his position…

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Jan Swafford

Composer and author

Jan Swafford has completed three acclaimed biographies of composers—Charles Ives, Johannes Brahms, and Ludwig van Beethoven—establishing himself as a music historian capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph, published…

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