Professor Robert Oden, Ph.D.

Professor Robert Oden
  • Carleton College
  • Harvard University
For religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism that see the world as old, salvation comes by escaping from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth. But Judaism and Christianity, see the world as relatively new.

Dr. Robert Oden is the former president of Carleton College and Kenyon College. He earned his bachelor's degree in history and literature magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Oden earned a Th.M. and Ph.D. with highest distinctions from Harvard Divinity School, as well as earning the Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities. He also earned an honorary master's degree from Dartmouth College. Dr. Oden is the recipient of the Dartmouth College Distinguished Teaching Award, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the Detur Prize, the Harvard Honorary Scholarship, and the John Harvard Honorary Scholarship. He was named Outstanding Senior Scholar, Dudley House, and was the Marshall Scholar to Cambridge University. At Cambridge, he earned an additional bachelor's and master's degree in religious studies/theology as well as the Cambridge University Hebrew Prize and Bethune Baker Prize. He was also Elected Scholar of Pembroke College. Dr. Oden is the author of many articles and several books, including Studies in Lucian's De Syria.

Professor Robert Oden is one of the finest professors I ever had, and this course reminded me why I remember him so vividly and respect him so much several decades later.