How Will COVID-19 Affect the Academies?

Recently Ashland University made the decision to keep its campus closed for the summer due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  As a result, we are not able to conduct the Ashbrook Academies in person this summer.  While we are disappointed to be unable to meet with you all face to face, rather than simply cancelling the academy, we have decided to convert to an online format.

Ashbrook has been conducting courses online for years, and we maintain our same conversational mode even in an online format.  The academies will be conducted in a synchronous mode meaning that you will still be speaking directly to the professors and to your classmates; you won’t simply be watching recorded lectures.  We are also working on ways to ensure that participants get an opportunity to socialize with their classmates outside of formal classes as well. We don’t have that aspect fully planned yet, but we are committed to finding ways for the Academy to be successful socially as well as academically.  The classes themselves will begin at 11:00am ET and will end on most days around 8:00pm ET.  Participants will have three 60-90 minute sessions each day with breaks in between. Soon we will have a complete schedule of events for each academy that will be posted to this site.

In order to participate, you will need a webcam, a mic, and a steady internet connection.  We will be conducting the seminars on the WebEx video conference platform, which is free to use.

Since we will no longer need to house and feed participants for the week, the cost of the June Academy has been reduced to $350 and the July Academy will be $200.  Participants will still receive two elective credits in Political Science from Ashland University as long as they attend all of the sessions and complete and pass the final exam.

About the Ashbrook Academy

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The Ashbrook Academies are summer programs designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in American history, politics, and economics. Unlike other courses or programs that tend to erode young Americans’ proper pride in their country by emphasizing its historical failures, the Academy invites students to consider the American experiment as a historical triumph, a victory for reason and the human spirit that warrants grateful celebration but also demands serious study.

The Academy on American History meets for seven days (June 14-20, 2020), while the Academy on Political Economy meets for five days (July 20-24, 2020). Both will be conducted using an online format this year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, immersing participants in a deep study of the biggest challenges that have faced our Republic.

The Ashbrook Academies take history, politics, and economics out of textbooks and into your life. By the end of the program, students will have acquired a deep understanding of the fundamental principles that define and unite us as Americans.

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