Events that Educate and Inspire.


Major Issues Lecture Series

For more than 35 years, the Major Issues Lecture Series has played an important role in the Ashland community—being the most publicly recognized and widely attended program sponsored by the Ashbrook Center. Beyond its value to the general public, the Lecture Series serves as an important educational tool for the undergraduate students in the Ashbrook Scholar Program and for high school students throughout Ohio.


Ashbrook offers free interactive webinars on a variety of topics in American history, government, and politics. Each webinar features a special guest speaker with expertise on the topic at hand. Ashbrook webinars offer participants the opportunity to gain insight from America's history and principles in order to become better American citizens. Participants have the opportunity ask questions and participate in the conversation.

A Switch in Time Saves Nine: FDR, The Supreme Court, and the Constitutional Crisis of the New Deal

What can the Constitutional crisis of the New Deal teach us about court packing?
with Anthony Michael Kreis, Jeffrey Sikkenga & Christopher Burkett
May 26, 2021
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John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner

The Ashbrook Memorial Dinner is the most significant political event in Ohio each year, drawing guests from throughout the state. President Ronald Reagan spoke for the first Ashbrook Memorial Dinner when he inaugurated the Ashbrook Center in 1983. Since then, we have introduced many distinguished keynote speakers, including Margaret Thatcher, Benjamin Netanyahu, George H. W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Clarence Thomas, and Barbara Bush, among others.

33rd John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner

with Bobby Jindal
April 12, 2019
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Past Speakers