The Ashbrook Center

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The Ashbrook Center, an independent center at Ashland University, restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government.

Since 1983, Ashbrook has demonstrated an extraordinary track record of success by building and refining a series of high-quality programs that impact teachers, students, and citizens.

Through the use of great books and original historical documents, Ashbrook teaches students across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world.

At the heart of the Ashbrook Center’s work is the Ashbrook Scholar Program, a top-rated academic program for a select group of undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Political Science, History, or Political Economy at Ashland University.

Ashbrook Scholars study with some of the finest faculty in the nation and undertake a program of courses and activities that challenge their mettle and bring out the best qualities of their character. It is a rigorous program for serious, public-spirited students with a passion for civic leadership.

In addition to the Ashbrook Scholar Program, the Center runs a wide variety of programs designed to assist America’s social studies teachers to become ever better at the undeniably important job of educating each new generation of Americans about their nation’s history and government. We do this through our Master’s in American History and Government program as well as free webinars and seminars held across the country.

Rather than teaching through textbooks, Ashbrook engages students and teachers in conversations about primary source documents and through these documents deepens their knowledge of American history and constitutional principles.

About the Ashbrook Academy in Political Economy

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The Ashbrook Academy in Political Economy is a summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in the relationship that exists between economics and good government.

We often discuss the Founding Fathers’ plan for government in America, but what plans did they make for America’s economic future? How were their economic plans related to the form of government they chose and vice versa? In this academy, we will explore these questions in light of two important works published in 1776: the Declaration of Independence and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.

The Academy meets for three days (July 22-24, 2019) at the Ashbrook Center on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio immersing participants in a study of the biggest economic challenges that faced our young Republic through a discussion-based curriculum based on a deep analysis of primary sources.