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Board Member Spotlight: Jay Hartz Reflects on Why Ashbrook Matters

“What the Ashbrook Center does is to remind Americans that we’re involved in a great experiment to see whether or not free men can rule themselves,” says Jay Hartz, member of the Ashbrook Board, since 2013. Hartz himself works at … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Graduates: Spring 2014

The Ashbrook Center congratulates the 2013-2014 graduates of two programs: the undergraduate Ashbrook Scholar program and the Master of Arts in American History and Government program. At Ashland University’s commencement on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 21 Ashbrook Scholars received diplomas; … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Professor Named Female Faculty Member of the Year

Professor Emily Hess of Ashland University’s History and Political Science Department was named Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year at the Ashland University Leadership and Service Awards ceremony on April 13. She was nominated for this honor by Student … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Thesis: Human Nature and the Constitutional Convention

We’ve been featuring the work of our undergraduate Scholars on their senior theses, a challenging project each Scholar completes before graduating. Erin Lingenfelter, a senior from Loudonville, Ohio, became interested in the challenges the Founders dealt with in designing the … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Senior Thesis: The New World’s Republican Experiments

This month in the Ashbrook Center, seniors have been defending their theses. We interviewed two students whose work demonstrates the seriousness of this culminating project in the Ashbrook Scholar program. Today, we focus on Johanna Mateo, who came to Ashland … Continue reading »

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Alumni Reflect: If Not For Ashbrook…

Recently a group of highly successful Ashbrook alumni spoke with Executive Director Roger Beckett about the impact of the Ashbrook Scholar program on their lives. Some said that their career choices would have been entirely different had they not studied … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook MAHG Course Gives Teacher a Needed Boost

Brett Van Gaasbeek, a teacher working toward his has Master of Arts in American History and Government (MAHG) in Ashland, has known he wanted to teach history since he was in eighth grade. Though cautioned by relatives that he would … Continue reading »

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A Lively Discussion on Democracy in America

It takes a special skill and dedication to lead an Ashbrook seminar. Professor Jeff Sikkenga manages the task exceptionally well, say students in his freshman seminar, “Democracy in America.” A group of 35 Ashbrook Scholars gather in the central meeting … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Alumna Holds Her Own at Ohio Statehouse

Working as the legislative aide to Ohio State Representative Kristina Roegner (House District 37) is an exciting career opportunity for Ashbrook Scholar Alumna Jenna Beadle. She helps Roegner research problems needing legislative redress, contact interested constituents for input, draft initiatives, … Continue reading »

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Not Federal Stimulus, But Entrepreneurial Creativity

Top economic forecaster Brian Wesbury, speaking at Ashbrook’s Major Issues Lecture Series on March 25, assured listeners that the nation’s economy was making steady gains. But he challenged them to think about why it has not rebounded faster since the … Continue reading »

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