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Chris Flannery Chosen to Head Ashbrook Center

Los Angeles native Christopher Flannery has been named to succeed the late Roger Beckett as executive director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.  Before accepting the position, which he will assume January 1, Flannery was a long-time professor in … Continue reading »

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World War I Quiz

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Ashbrook Scholar Discovers the Big Picture of America in the Details of Washington D.C.

Senior Ashbrook Scholar Tyler MacQueen spent the summer of 2018 in Washington D.C., interning for Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. This was Tyler’s first political internship, and he gained from it a deeper appreciation for America’s unique form of government. … Continue reading »

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Putting history in perspective makes a strong case for keeping Columbus Day

By David Tucker We know there’s more to the story of Columbus Day than the courage of Christopher Columbus and the other explorers who ventured into the unknown and began the process of introducing western civilization to what was only … Continue reading »

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Rediscovering America: Supreme Court Quiz

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A Tribute to Roger Beckett: Kids Don’t Know Enough About Civics — But This Could Save Them

By David Davenport Originally printed in the Washington Examiner, September 20, 2018 An important life was cut short this week in Ashland, Ohio, when 44-year-old Roger Beckett passed away. As executive director of the Ashbrook Center, Roger’s noble goal was … Continue reading »

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Roger L. Beckett 1974 – 2018

January 6, 1974 – September 14, 2018 Roger L. Beckett, 44, of Ashland, Ohio, loving husband of Danielle and father to Laura and Sydney, passed away suddenly Friday, September 14, 2018. Roger was born in Ravenna, Ohio, on January 6, … Continue reading »

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Rediscovering America: Constitution Day Quiz

Constitution Day

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Self-Taught History Teacher Finds Affirmation in Ashbrook Masters Program

Greg Balan taught middle school social studies for a decade before getting an education in his subject area. He loved teaching and was seen as highly effective. In 2015, Balan won a district-level teaching award. “But I was free-wheeling it,” … Continue reading »

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Teacher Encourages Students to Listen to Voices of the Past – and to Each Other

Carol Bouffioux teaches social studies to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at St. Helen Catholic School in Dayton, Ohio. This small school that once served an urban parish now invites students of all faiths from throughout the city. Here, teachers … Continue reading »

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