Starting this summer, Ohio-based Cedarville University will offer the Defending Life Summer Institute, a program designed to equip pro-life advocates through a series of intensive one-week courses.

The institute will provide a four-course sequence resulting in a Continuing Education Certificate.  Registration is now available at through May 5. 

“Cedarville University is unequivocally committed to the sanctity of life because of our belief that human beings are made in the image of God, and we are pleased to be preparing the next generation of servants willing to work on behalf of life,” said Dr. Thomas Mach, vice president for academics and chief academic officer.

The first course will be held on June 14-18, with Marc Newman teaching Public Advocacy in Bioethics. Newman is the president of Speaker For Life, a training firm equipping pro-life advocates nationwide with public speaking skills.

Newman will teach students to master the art of public debate in real-time by offering numerous occasions to research, prepare and deliver speeches on topics within the current bioethics debate.

The following week, June 21-25, Scott Klusendorf will teach Rhetoric and Ethics of Abortion. Klusendorf is the founder and president of Life Training Institute, which trains Christians and pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views. 

Klusendorf will teach the basic pro-life case and examine the underlying worldview assumptions that both academic and laypeople bring to debates over abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and cloning. He will also discuss why the Christian worldview, in particular, does a better job accounting for the intrinsic value of human beings, fundamental human rights and objective moral rules.

On-campus housing in Cedarville’s townhouses will be available for an additional charge. 

Scott Klusendorf, founder and president of Life Training Institute
[Photo Credit: Cedarville University] Scott Klusendorf, founder and president of Life Training Institute
Marc Newman, president of Speaker For Life
[Photo Credit: Cedarville University] Marc Newman, president of Speaker For Life

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit