When I read of Michael Bloomberg’s gift of $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University, I was reminded of the power a gift has to move our collective thinking beyond what can’t be done to what, in fact, must be done.
We are not brought together here at Kenyon merely to learn how to be civil in the face of growing incivility; we are here to learn how to be decent in the face of growing indecency.
A new Matriculation Oath honors the essential aspects of a Kenyon education and invites our newest students to share in this commitment.
Years of a liberal arts education have added many layers and dimensions to my life experiences, and this has been a source of renewal and strength as I take on a new challenge of caring for an elderly parent.
You won’t find a seminar at Kenyon on leading a life of grace, or a syllabus outlining steps to improve the lives of those around you. And, as the examples of Aretha Franklin and Dr. James Cox ’60 H’97 illustrate, there is no single model for achieving this. But we can extract some principles from their lives.