About the Ashbrook Academy

Greg McBrayer leading a discussion at the 2018 Ashbrook Academy.

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

One of the key values of American citizenship is freedom. What does freedom mean? The purpose of this Academy is to explore this question in light of two important publications in 1776: The Declaration of Independence and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.  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? By considering important documents from the American Founding in light of economic arguments that were being advanced around the same time, we will be concerned with understanding the relationship between politics and economics at the Founding and beyond. In doing so, we will keep our focus on the central question of defining American freedom.

This Academy meets for three days (July 20-24, 2020) at the Ashbrook Center on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

Participants in the Academy will receive one elective credit in Political Science from Ashland University that may either be used towards a degree at Ashland or transferred to another institution. The Academy costs $500 which covers all instructional materials, the college credit, room and board (including all meals), transportation to and from a local airport (if necessary), and all daily activities. All participants will be housed in air-conditioned double-occupancy dormitories on the campus of Ashland University.

To apply for the Ashbrook Academy, click here and fill out our online application. As part of the application, you will be asked to write a brief essay explaining your interest in the Academy. A letter of recommendation from someone who knows you academically is also required.

Rolling admission to the Academy begins on February 1 and ends on June 1. All applicants will be notified of their application status by June 15.

If you have any additional questions about the Academy, consult our FAQ or email us at academy@ashbrook.org.

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 20-24, 2020) 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.