AU alumni Dwier Brown to speak at 2019 Burton D. Morgan Lecture

Michaela Ping

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Actor, Field of Dreams star, and Ashland Alumni Dwier Brown will be making a return to Ashland University on Tuesday, March 26th, as a speaker for the 2019 Burton D. Morgan Lecture and Lunch. The event will begin at 11:45 in Upper Convo, will include a lunch and is free and open to the public.

Originally from Wadsworth, Ohio, Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ashland College in 1980. He finished with a bachelor’s degree in Drama and Speech, and also minored in Radio/TV and Marketing. Brown’s professional career has seen him in hundreds of films, plays, and television shows, including Criminal Minds, Firefly, Ghost Whisperer, House M.D., E.R., and C.S.I.

8 years after Brown graduated from Ashland, he was cast in the role of Kevin Costner’s father, John Kinsella, in the film Film of Dreams. The film is considered to be a timeless classic and is loved by many. Brown has since been recognized for his role after the film’s release in 1989, and fans have shared with him how the film touched their lives and reminded them of their fathers.

The AU event coincides with the 30th anniversary of the film. Brown will be speaking on the topic “If You Build It.” This is also the title of his book, “If You Build It…: A Book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams.” Released in 2014, the book is now an Amazon bestseller. It covers details from Brown’s role John Kinsella as well as stories from his Ohio childhood.

Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center at Ashland University Tom Sudow said that it is an honor to welcome Brown back to AU’s campus.

“It is an honor to be able to welcome Dwier Brown back to the Ashland University campus, and we look forward to hearing him speak and inspire our students, faculty, and the community,” Sudow said.

Those interested in attending the event are asked to make a reservation at For any additional information, contact Sudow at [email protected] or 216.396.4030.

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