Oden Hall


The newest addition to the West Quad, this academic community is a shared home for the social sciences.

An academic community in the heart of campus

The newest academic addition to Kenyon’s campus, Oden Hall gathers the social sciences in one collaborative environment. This window-lined, four-story building offers a panoramic view of the West Quad, which also houses Chalmers Library and Lowell House — the first stop for prospective Kenyon students.

As a shared home for history, philosophy, political science and sociology, this academic community of classrooms, offices and study spaces reinforces the connections among these interdisciplinary areas of study. An anthropology lab is dedicated to student research.

Oden Hall is also the hub for Kenyon’s Center for the Study of American Democracy, which fosters open dialogue to better understand the issues of today. A 280-seat auditorium on the lower level provides a striking backdrop for lectures and presentations from visiting speakers. 

Fact: Pronounced “oh-deen,” Oden is named for Kenyon’s 17th president, Robert A. Oden Jr., and his wife Teresa Johnston Oden, an author and historical researcher.