On October 16, Kenner was honored at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. as Smithsonian magazine announced winners of the third annual American Ingenuity Awards. The awards recognize the year’s most amazing achievements and the innovators behind them. Called the “Golden Globes of Intellect” by Washingtonian magazine, the event included presenter Stephen Hawking and many other leaders in their fields. “Smithsonian magazine’s editorial team has selected an exceptional group of honorees who each embody our mission of increasing knowledge and shaping the world of tomorrow,” said Smithsonian magazine editor-in-chief Michael Caruso.
The Washington Post featured an excerpt of Kenner's speech, saying "[he] gave a moving acceptance speech about the largely untapped potential of prison inmates."
Which is the better path to a productive life: Watching movies, or going to school? If you think that’s a no-brainer, you must not be following New York politics. The same state that adamantly refused this year to help prison inmates better themselves with a college education (at a
cost of $5,000 per enrolled inmate) is perfectly content to
pay to show them movies. The latest prison movie contract,
running five years and costing about $894,000, was approved
by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.