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Kevin Henderson

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Joseloff Foundation Instructor in History
History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Social Sciences
Faculty member since 1993
B.A. Connecticut College
J.D. University of Connecticut
M.Ed. Harvard University

What advice would you offer an incoming student?

Get involved in life at Loomis Chaffee. There are so many different avenues for people to develop their interests and passions; go out for athletic teams, take courses that challenge you, try out for the play and get involved in various clubs. It may seem like high school is a very long time, but there are so many opportunities and not enough time to do all of them — so get involved and do not stay on the sidelines.

What are your favorites books? Movies? Plays?

When I was I kid I really liked the Great Brain series that were very creative and were set in 19th century Utah. As an adult I like to read books about history, and John Feinstein books are a guilty pleasure. I like the works of Robert Whiting who has written extensively about Japanese baseball.

Who is your hero? And why?

So many to choose from … if I had to pick two, I would go with Beethoven for his willingness to experiment and deviate from the traditional forms and push the boundaries of music, and Saigo Takamori, the Japanese samurai and military leader for his attempts to return Japan to its traditional roots. I suppose these are rather incongruent, or perhaps they are two sides of the same coin in terms of pushing the status quo and recognizing the value of centuries of history.

What do you hope for, for this generation of students?

That they are focused on getting an education, rather than preparing for a vocation, and that learning and growing as a student is a lifelong process that does not end with formal education.

What is your favorite quote?

“Passion is what makes life interesting, what ignites our souls, drives our curiosity, fuels our loves and carries our friendships, stimulates our intellects, and pushes our limits … a passion for life is contagious and uplifting.” - Pat Tillman