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President of Ethics and Public Policy Center to speak at AU’s Faith and Society lecture

Published on March 09, 2023

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ryan T. Anderson, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., will be the guest speaker at Ashland University’s next Faith and Society lecture. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, at the Dwight Schar College of Education’s Ronk Auditorium (340 Samaritan Ave.) at 7 p.m.

For those unable to attend in person, Anderson’s presentation will be streamed at ashland.edu/faith-society.

The title of Anderson’s lecture is “Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Moment.” Drawing on insights from biology, psychology and philosophy, he will offer a nuanced view of human embodiment, a balanced approach to public policy on gender identity and a sober assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.

Anderson is the University of Dallas’ St. John Paul II Teaching Fellow in Social Thought, a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University and a fellow for the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America. Previously, he was the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation for nine years.

Anderson’s research has been cited by U.S. Supreme Court justices in two cases and he is the author or co-author of five books, including the recently released “Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing.” He has made appearances on ABC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and his work has been published in major media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the National Review.

Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled “Neither Liberal Nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.”

The ongoing Faith and Society lecture series is designed to give Ashland students and the Ashland community the opportunity to hear experts discuss critical topics of faith and its implications in contemporary society.

For more information, contact Dennis Monokroussos at dmonokro@ashland.edu or 419-289-5154.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) 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.