Kenyon’s location at a cultural crossroads—a blue dot in a red county in a purple state—compels us to engage with our community and the world in order to shape perspectives and influence fundamental change.

“Even though Kenyon students may not agree with what you're saying, they'll take their time to listen to you and to engage with the idea you're presenting. That is something we really need in the world right now."

Ubong Asuquo ’23

Sparking Conversation

The Center for the Study of American Democracy brings together the Kenyon community to debate the issues of today—no matter how controversial—through nonpartisan and civil discourse. The center also supports internships in Washington, D.C., and makes teaching and research opportunities possible for students and faculty.

After defeats in both the 2016 and 2018 elections, Knox County Democrats sought answers to why their candidates were voted down. Justin Sun ’20 investigated the polarization and divisiveness that marked these campaigns to uncover timely lessons for future elections.


“Free exchange of ideas is central to the values of a liberal arts education: Colleges and universities should be places where ideas are contested and challenged, not suppressed or shut out.” 

Sean Decatur

Engaging Opportunities

From sustainable agriculture to foreign language development, community-engaged learning (CEL) courses connect students to the people and issues affecting Knox County and beyond.