The Ashbrook Center hosts events and lectures on and off campus, encouraging citizens to develop a deeper understanding of the principles upon which our great nation was founded.
President Ronald Reagan inaugurated the Center at the first annual Ashbrook Memorial Dinner in 1983. This annual event has continued to feature some of the world’s most noted political dignitaries, such as George H.W. Bush, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Justice Clarence Thomas, Henry Kissinger, Mitt Romney, and John Boehner.
Additional events hosted by the Ashbrook Center include the Major Issues Lecture Series, featuring well-known speakers who examine current policy issues in the light of America’s constitutional principles and the Ashbrook Colloquia Series, featuring scholars or authors from across the disciplines who discuss their recent book or works.
Citizens also have access to Ashbrook’s educational resources. 50 Core American Documents is a collection of documents that we believe all students, teachers, and citizens should study in order to understand what it means to be an American. This collection serves as an introduction to aspects of American thought and history that are deeply interesting, even surprising, and that will entice readers to want to read and learn more about America’s story. These documents are essential reading for those who are to sustain and administer our republic in the future.