President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni to Speak at Ashbrook Lecture

President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni to Speak at Ashbrook Lecture

3/29/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Michael B. Poliakoff, who serves as president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) in Washington, D.C., will provide a lecture on the topic “Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Speech: The Heritage of Western Civilization” at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 24, at 12 noon in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

Tickets for this lunch and lecture event are $20 per person or $160 for a table of eight. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Carrie Clever at or 419-289-5411.

Poliakoff joined the ACTA team in March 2010 as the vice president of policy, and became ACTA’s third president on July 1, 2016. Poliakoff previously served as vice president for academic affairs and research at the University of Colorado and in senior roles at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council on Teacher Quality, the American Academy for Liberal Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Poliakoff has taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Hillsdale College, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Wellesley College. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and went on to study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of Michigan, where he earned a Ph.D. in classical studies. He has been a junior fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, and his research has been supported by several influential foundations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Poliakoff is the author of numerous books and journal articles in classical studies and education policy and has received the American Philological Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Distinguished Service to Education Award.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence and accountability at America’s colleges and universities.

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. Ashbrook teaches students and teachers across the country what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world.