Ashland University to Hold Annual ‘Last Lecture’

Ashland University to Hold Annual ‘Last Lecture’

3/26/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Religion Department at Ashland University will celebrate its graduating seniors and close out the year with a “last lecture” by the Rev. Seth Wispelwey, a grassroots organizer, educator, nonprofit consultant and pastor, on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business and Economics off College Avenue on the AU campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Love Over Fear.”

This is the fourth annual “last lecture,” which is an invitation for a speaker to address the graduating class of Religion majors as if it were their last time to do so.

Wispelwey works for Restoration Village Arts in Charlottesville, Va. An ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, he holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College.

In July 2017, Wispelwey was one of the organizers of Congregate Cville, which issued a call for clergy and faith leaders to come to Charlottesville to confront the national white supremacist rally that was held in the city on August 12.

Peter Slade, chair of the religion department, said, “Seth's commitment to nonviolence resonates with our Brethren heritage here at Ashland University.”

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply 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.                                                                                ###