Ashbrook Center Colloquia Scheduled in April

Ashbrook Center Colloquia Scheduled in April
Lucas Morel

4/10/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashbrook Center will hold two colloquia during April that are free and open to the public. Both will be held in the Ashbrook Center located on the top floor of the AU Library.

On April 17 at 3 p.m., Don Devine, senior scholar at The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C., will speak on “Ronald Reagan’s Constitutional Solution,” while on April 24 at 3 p.m., Lucas Morel, Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics and head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, will speak on, “Lincoln and Liberty:  Wisdom for the Ages.”

Devine served as President Ronald Reagan’s civil service director during the president’s first term in office. He is famously known by the Washington Post’s label as “Reagan’s Terrible Swift Sword of Civil Service.” The label was given to him because he cut bureaucrats and reduced billions in spending.

After serving as an adviser to Reagan from 1976 to 1985, Devine served as an adviser to Bob Dole from 1988 to 1996 and to Steve Forbes from 1998-2000.

Before and after Devine’s service in the government, he taught 14 years as an associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and he spent a decade as a professor of Western civilization at Bellevue University.

Devine is a columnist and his work appears frequently in The American Conservative, Newsmax and Liberty Law Blog. He is also the author of eight books, his most recent piece being “America’s Way Back:  Reclaiming Freedom, Tradition and Constitution.”

Today, Devine still writes and travels the country to teach college students and speak to groups. The topic of interest is usually about reviving the Constitution and what Reagan called the secret of its success: the way it harmonized freedom and tradition in its fragile balance called federalism.

Morel received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. cum laude from Claremont McKenna College. He teaches American government, political philosophy, constitutional law, black American politics, and politics and literature. Morel’s research interests are in Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Ralph Ellison.

In the past, Morel has been president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society and a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association. He has consulted on exhibits at the Library of Congress on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He has also conducted workshops for high school teachers in many locations throughout the country, as well as co-written lessons on antebellum and Civil War America and the modern Civil Rights Movement for the EDSITEment website of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Morel has written pieces for the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, and Richmond Times-Dispatch. He is the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government. He is the editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man.” Morel also has published an edited volume of scholarly essays called Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages and he is co-editor of The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, which is currently under review by University Press of Mississippi.

For more information about the events, contact Lisa Ormiston at 419.289.5411 or

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