The Ashbrook Center hosts events and lectures on and off the campus of Ashland University, 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, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and John Boehner.
Additional events hosted by the Ashbrook Center include the Major Issue Lecture Series, featuring well-known speakers who examine current policy issues in the light of America’s constitutional principles, the Ashbrook Colloquia Series, featuring scholars or authors from across the disciplines who discuss their recent book or works, and our annual Constitution Day Lecture, celebrating and commemorating the great charter of our liberties.
Beyond their value to the general public, these events serve as an important educational tool for undergraduates in the Ashbrook Scholar Program as well as area high school students. The Center also maintains an extensive audio and video archive of past speeches that is available to the general public.
The Ashbrook Center maintains a site, TeachingAmericanHistory.org, that is geared to toward teachers and students of American history and government. It is an excellent reference tool for original documents and deeper analysis of our nation’s founding.
Letters from an Ohio Farmer
The Ohio Farmer, a project of the Ashbrook Center, is not one person, but a group of citizens seeking to preserve constitutional self-government in America. The Farmer’s letters are written in the tradition of the Federalists and Antifederalists in the American founding who penned newspaper articles debating the new form of government proposed in the Constitution. To read the Ohio Farmer letters, visit the Ohio Farmer site.
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Electoral College Resources
The Ashbrook Center strongly supports maintaining the Electoral College, one of the more ingenious ideas of our Founding Fathers. We maintain a site with a number of links to resources that explain the many benefits of the Electoral College and the dangers of a more directly democratic form of presidential election.