PETER RUTKOFF | Distinguished Professor, Kenyon College

Peter Rutkoff is an educator, school reformer and writer. Originally from New York, his education includes degrees from St Lawrence University (BA) and the University of Pennsylvania (MA and PhD). At Kenyon college where he has taught since 1971 he helped to create the American Studies program, Kenyon’s successful interdisciplinary major and the Kenyon Academic Partnership (KAP). KAP is a dual enrollment program with 30 high school partners and 1500 student participants annually.

He has authored or edited a dozen books including his most recent novel, Irish Eyes and the
prizewinning New York Modern and Fly Away: The Culture of the Great Migrations.

His awards include the Teacher of the Year in Ohio, Kenyon’s Trustee Teaching Award, the Senior Cup awarded by Kenyon’s graduating class, and Fulbright Teaching fellowships in Paris, France and Nicosia, Cyprus.

In addition to his position at Kenyon, Rutkoff is a visiting professor in Museum Studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

 

SAMUEL CHAMBERLAIN | Executive Director, #NoBull Project

Samuel is a passionate educator who engages youth through various alternative and after-school
programming to encourage at-risk youth to tackle challenging areas of interest. Samuel has
worked as a part-time AmeriCorps member, with Upward Bound programs, and providing
Restorative Justice conferences for youth across Maine. Samuel currently attends the University
of Maine in Orono, Maine studying Social Work.

In his senior year of high school, Samuel co-founded the #NoBull Project which began as a social media based anti-bullying campaign in his community. The project has since grown to become a statewide, multi-school student leadership and community engagement program that empowers youth and young adults to positively impact their school and prevent bullying.

ERIC THORNTON | Immigrant Worker’s Rights Project

I am a Senior at Kenyon College majoring in International Studies with a minor in Arabic. This
summer I am working with the Immigrant Worker Project in Canton, Ohio to teach English
classes, assist in preparation of immigration cases and advocate for the rights of immigrant
workers across North-Central Ohio. I also founded and am currently teaching an English class in Canton. At Kenyon College, I am the student coordinator for the Knox County Learning Center volunteer program, where I organize student volunteers to tutor at a nearby alternative school for students who were removed from their original school. I am passionate about issues of immigration and particularly education and literacy, as I believe every person has the right to an education. I intend to continue my education by pursuing a TESOL certification. I am also an avid runner and for the second year I will be a captain for the Kenyon Men’s Cross Country Team.

BIANCA VIVION BROOKS | Columbia University

Bianca Vivion Brooks is a writer and artist hailing from East Atlanta, Georgia. She attends Columbia University as a full time student, where she studies human rights and economics. She works under the moniker ‘Bianca Vivion’ (her first and middle name) as an ode to her grandmother Vivion, whose life inspires a great deal of her writings on woman and girlhood. Vivion’s work has been featured in a number of major publications including the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the Huffington Post. She is currently working on a memoir featuring a collection of essays entitled Dancing Backwards: Stories of a Girl Who Read the Fine Print.