About the George Washington Forum

Our Mission

Civic Education, Civil Debate, Viewpoint Diversity

The Menard Family George Washington Forum teaches America’s foundational principles in their Western intellectual, political, and institutional contexts. It is grounded on the idea that students facing an increasingly globalized world need to understand what characterizes and distinguishes the nation in which they live and the civilization from which it emerged. The Forum helps students become enlightened citizens in a liberal democracy whose roots run deep in Western civilization, but whose ideals and interests transcend the West.

The Menard Family George Washington Forum pursues its mission in at least three interconnected ways:

  • It directs and encourages the efforts to teach Ohio University undergraduates the history of America and its location within the Western tradition.
  • It encourages rigorous scholarship on important themes in American and Western history through themed conferences, public lectures, and publications.
  • It provides scholarship funding to Ohio University undergraduates interested in free societies and what makes them possible.

The Menard Family George Washington Forum is a participant in The Jack Miller Center-Veritas Fund for Higher Education Initiative. The Forum’s first year of operation was academic year 2009–10, and its future success depends on the generous support of foundations and private individuals who share its commitment to civic education and viewpoint diversity. Thank you for your interest in the Forum, and we appreciate all who support our efforts.

Robert G. Ingram
Professor of History
Director, Menard Family George Washington Forum

GWF Staff

Portrait of Robert G. Ingram

Robert G. Ingram

Robert G. Ingram is an historian at Ohio University, where he teaches courses in early modern British and European religious, political, and intellectual history. Born and brought up in Ruston, Louisiana, he did his undergraduate work at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and his doctoral work at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Robert is the founding director of the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the President of the Southern Conference on British Studies.

Faculty Associates

  • Portrait of John Brobst

    John Brobst

    John Brobst is Associate Professor of History.

  • Portrait of Scott Carson

    Scott Carson

    Scott Carson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University.

  • Portrait of T. David Curp

    T. David Curp

    David Curp is Associate Professor of History at Ohio University.

  • Portrait of Jill P. Ingram

    Jill P. Ingram

    Jill P. Ingram is Associate Professor of English.

  • Portrait of Paul Milazzo

    Paul Milazzo

    Paul Milazzo is Associate Professor of History.

  • Portrait of Steven M. Miner

    Steven M. Miner

    Steve Miner is Professor of History.

  • Portrait of Linda J. Rice

    Linda J. Rice

    Linda Rice is Professor of English.

  • Portrait of Brian Schoen

    Brian Schoen

    Brian Schoen is Associate Professor of History and the James Richard Hamilton/Baker and Hostetler Professor of the Charles J. Ping Institute for Teaching of the Humanities.

  • Portrait of Ingo Trauschweizer

    Ingo Trauschweizer

    Ingo Trauschweizer is Professor of History and director of the Contemporary History Institute.

  • Portrait of Richard Vedder

    Richard Vedder

    Richard Vedder is Distinguished Professor of Economics.