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“Madison’s Republic” Lecture by Dr. Gordon Lloyd 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“Madison’s Republic”
Lecture by Dr. Gordon Lloyd 
Emeritus Professor, Pepperdine University
Senior Fellow, Ashbrook Center at Ashland University

In anticipation of Constitution Day, join us in the Intro Theater at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on September 1, 2015 for a lecture by Dr. Gordon Lloyd, who will explore the foundations and significance of “Madison’s Republic”. 

Dr. Lloyd, Emeritus Professor at Pepperdine University, and Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on James Madison and the American Founding. His most recent publication is an edited volume of James Madison’s Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787

5:00 P.M. Registration
5:30 P.M. Reception & light refreshments
6:00 P.M. Lecture


This event is made possible by a partnership between The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center and the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, through the generous support of Norma Zimdahl.

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Constitution Day
Sunday, September 20, 2015

When: September 20, 2015
Time: 8:30 am- 3:30 pm
Cost: $25.00
Conference Includes:

  • A tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Discovery Center, Air Force One, and “Football! The Exhibition,” a temporary exhibit featuring artifacts from the history of American football.
  • Constitution Scholar Series
  • Interactive teacher workshop sessions
  • FREE LESSONS from sponsor organizations
  • Showcase featuring recipients of the California Civic Learning Award
  • Lunch provided
  • A $75 stipend to the first 200 teachers who register and attend the conference.

The Keynote Speaker will be The Honorable Tani G Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California.

Deadline to Register: Friday, September 11, 2015
Space is limited.

Register Here.

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The Holocaust: Film Screening and Discussion
Friday, October 16, 2015
6:00 p.m. – Film Screening and Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Book and DVD Signing

Join filmmakers Bernhard Rammerstorfer & A. Ferenc Gutai for a screening of their award winning documentary Ladder in the Lions' Den. After the screening the filmmakers will be joined by Jewish Auschwitz survivor Mrs. Renée Firestone, from Los Angeles, and by Austrian Victim of Nazi Tyranny Mrs. Hermine Liska for a discussion.  Take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear from Nazi Era eyewitnesses.  Copies of the book and documentary will be available for sale at the event, which they will sign following the program.  This event is free to attend, however reservations (and the pre-purchase of books/DVDs) are recommended. REGISTER HERE.

Based on the book “Unbroken Will”, filmmakers Bernhard Rammerstorfer (Austria) and A. Ferenc Gutai (Simi Valley) tell the amazing true story of Leopold Engleitner, who at 107 years old was the world’s oldest known Nazi concentration camp survivor. Given the choice between life and death he found the courage to stand by his conscience. His refusal to join Hitler’s army and to give the “Heil Hitler,” salute put him and thousands of other Jehovah’s Witnesses in the crosshairs of the Third Reich.  As if receiving a “ladder in the lions’ den,” he was given a way out–in exchange for his freedom, he was handed a document renouncing his faith and swearing allegiance to Hitler. He refused. After surviving Buchenwald, Niederhagen, and Ravensbrück, he weighed less than sixty-two pounds, but his will remained unbroken.
Spotlighted by the perspective of others such as Renée Firestone, a Jewish Auschwitz survivor, and Gottlieb Bernhardt (former SS bodyguard of Hitler) who himself faced a pivotal crisis of conscience, Leopold’s story resonates with the power of conviction and hope.
If not for a chance meeting with Bernhard Rammerstorfer, Leopold would have disappeared into the shadowed subtext of history. Together, they traveled 95,000 miles around the world promoting peace and tolerance.

In the last three consecutive years, the film has received 11 honors and awards from film festivals in the US and internationally. This film has received Best Short Documentary awards from the Fallbrook International Film Festival (California) and the Rincón International Film Festival (Puerto Rico), Audience Choice Award for a Documentary from the Marina del Rey Film Festival (Los Angeles County, California), Best International Feature Documentary award from the Laughlin International Film Festival (Nevada), Best Documentary and Alan Fortunoff Humanitarian Film Award nominations from the Long Island International Film Expo,  and has been officially selected by the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (Ohio), Life Fest Film Festival (Hollywood, California), Green Bay Film Festival (Wisconsin), and the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival and Rijeka Jewish Film Festival (both Croatia). 


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