Kenyon has always prided itself on a dedication to debating the issues of the day, no matter how controversial, through deliberative inquiry and civil, probing conversation. Drawing on this tradition, the new Center for the Study of American Democracy seeks open debate toward a subtle understanding of history, timeless questions, and fundamental principles.
Located in O'Connor House, the Center for the Study of American Democracy organizes conferences, lectures, and seminars with the goal of stimulating nonpartisan civic and political discourse. The center also provides teaching and research opportunities for faculty and students, and promotes student internships in Washington. The center was established through a 'We the People' Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2007, with matching funds being raised through Kenyon's current campaign.