Ashbrook Center to Celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 16

9/15/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Dr. Christopher Burkett, assistant professor of political science at Ashland University, will speak at the Ashbrook Center on Friday, Sept. 16. Burkett will address "Rediscovering James Madison as Father of the Constitution" as part of the 13th Annual Robert E. Henderson Constitution Day Lecture presented by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Ashbrook Center at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Ormiston at 419-289-5429 or<>.
On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. They sent it on to the people in the several states for ratification. Sept. 17 has been called, ever since, Constitution Day. The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University celebrates Constitution Day by holding a public lecture commemorating the great charter of our liberties.

Burkett has lectured extensively on American political thought, with particular emphasis on the American Founding, Progressivism, and American foreign policy. He is an instructor in Ashland University's Master of American History and Government program, and co-instructor for the Ashbrook Center's Presidential and Congressional Academies. Burkett has worked frequently with the Bill of Rights Institute to instruct high school teachers on constitutional issues, and has lectured congressional staffers in Washington, D.C. through the Heritage Foundation.

In addition to forthcoming articles on progressive foreign policy, slavery and the American Founding, and the debates at the Federal Convention, Burkett has published on foreign policy during the Founding Era. He is author of several online lesson plans on the Constitutional Convention and "The Federalist Papers" for the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the EDSITEment project.

Burkett is a 1996 graduate of Ashland College, earning bachelor degrees in fine arts and history. He received his M.A. in Politics from the University of Dallas and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Philosophic Studies, also at the University of Dallas. He joined the History and Political Science department at Ashland University in 2005, and won the Edward and Louaine Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.

The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government through educational programs for students, teachers and citizens.

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