Ashbrook Colloquium to Address ‘Slavery and the Constitutional Convention’

Ashbrook Colloquium to Address ‘Slavery and the Constitutional Convention’

11/20/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Gordon Lloyd, senior fellow at the Ashbrook Center and professor emeritus at Pepperdine University, will speak on the topic of "The Great Difficulty of Framing: Slavery and the Constitutional Convention" at a colloquium on Friday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center, located on the eighth floor of the Library on the Ashland University campus.

The colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419.289.5430 or

When James Madison’s Debates at the Federal Convention of 1787 became available to the public in the 1840s, it launched a very contentious debate about whether the Constitution was intended to put slavery on the path to extinction, or to preserve a slaveholders’ Union. Professor Lloyd will offer insight into how to approach that question through the text of his recently published version of Madison’s Debates. 

Lloyd is the author and editor of a series of online exhibits on the American Founding hosted by the Ashbrook Center’s website, These online exhibits focus on the Constitutional Convention, the Federalist-Antifederalist Debate, the Ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Drawing from over 50 years of scholarship and teaching, Lloyd has compiled within these online exhibits a wide range of primary and secondary sources from the American Founding. In addition, he has created or overseen the development of resources designed to help introduce interested teachers, students and citizens to the American Founding, and to support scholars in their research and teaching about these topics.

Lloyd earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science at McGill University. He completed all coursework toward a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago before receiving his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in government at Claremont Graduate School. The coauthor of three books on the American founding and sole author of a book on the political economy of the New Deal, he also has numerous articles, reviews and opinion-editorials to his credit. His latest coauthored books are The Two Narratives of Political Economy (2010) and The New Deal and Modern American Conservatism: A Defining Rivalry (2013). In 2014, Lloyd published a new edition of Madison’s coverage of the Debates of the Constitutional Convention. He has received many teaching, scholarly and leadership awards including admission to Phi Beta Kappa and the Howard White Award for Teaching Excellence at Pepperdine University. He currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center through the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

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 undergraduate, graduate and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center aspires to be the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States. ###