Ashbrook Center to Celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 17

Ashbrook Center to Celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 17

8/23/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Dr. Peter W. Schramm, senior fellow, director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program at the Ashbrook Center and professor of political science at Ashland University, will speak at the Ashbrook Center on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Schramm will address “The Constitutional Character of Benjamin Franklin” as part of the 15th 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 7:30 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.

Prior to Schramm’s work at Ashland, he served in the Reagan Administration as the director of the Center for International Education in the United States Department of Education. Before entering government service, Dr. Schramm was the president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, in Claremont, Calif.

Schramm earned his Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School in 1980. He holds two master of arts degrees, one from Claremont in Government and the other in International History from The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.

Schramm has edited, co-edited, and contributed to a number of books, including “Natural Right and Political Right,” “The 1984 Election and the Future of American Politics,” “Lessons of the Bush Defeat,” “American Political Parties and Constitutional Politics,” “Consequences of the Clinton Victory,” “Separation of Powers and Good Government,” “Statecraft and Power,” “History of American Political Thought,” and “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution.” He also wrote the Introduction to Lord Charnwood’s “Abraham Lincoln: A Biography” (Madison Books, 1996).

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.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###