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Kenneth David Jackson

Kenneth David Jackson

Professor of Portuguese | Yale | Class of 1966

Next spring will mark 50 years since the first concert at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts — co-starring a future Ivy League Professor in the strings section.

“I was a cellist with the Symphony Orchestra in the State Department tour of Latin America in 1964,” says Kenneth David Jackson (BA ’66, music), now a professor of Portuguese at Yale.

“That experience led me to study Portuguese and Brazil and become a professor of Luso-Brazilian literature at UT Austin and now Yale University.”

Another memory of his time at the UI: “the statue of Alma Mater entering campus and the auditorium in the center of the Quad that said ‘maximum legal occupancy 1963,’ which was pretty funny in 1962."