Kenyon always has prided itself on a dedication to exploring the issues of the day, no matter how controversial, through deliberative inquiry and civil, probing conversation. Drawing on this tradition, the Center for the Study of American Democracy seeks open dialogue toward a subtle understanding of history, timeless questions and fundamental principles.
Located in O'Connor House, the center 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, D.C. Established in 2007, the center was funded through a “We the People” Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Leopoldo López Freedom and Democracy Award
Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, recipient of the inaugural Leopoldo López Freedom and Democracy Award, joined López in conversation about personal sacrifice for the public good.
Student Award Opportunities
CSAD has two opportunities for students to receive awards and prizes this semester. Learn more about the Leopoldo López Student Award and the George Gund Prize.
A Virtual Hill to Hill Panel Series
Kenyon grads working in politics, journalism, education and foreign service came together to explore a central question, "Is the American Experiment Still Viable?" Watch a two-minute recap of the series or follow the link below to learn more.
Working in Congress Alumni Panel
Get practical advice from Marie Baldassarre '17, Andrew Neely '13, and Alex Piper '16 on starting a career in congress. The panel discusses how to get your foot in the door, what it's like as a staffer for a committee or member, and how a Kenyon education prepares you for work in the halls of Congress. This event was held on January 21, 2021.
CSAD's biennial conferences bring the Kenyon community together with national experts to analyze the pressing issues of today—no matter how controversial—through nonpartisan and civil discourse.