Defending Life Summer Institute

Event Postponed Until 2022

Thank you for your interest in the inaugural Defending Life Summer Institute at Cedarville University! Unfortunately, due to low enrollment at this time, we will be unable to offer the Public Advocacy of Bioethics and Rhetoric and Ethics of Abortion courses in June 2021 as planned. Any fees paid will be refunded to our registrants. As soon as dates are confirmed for the 2022 slate of courses, we will update this website and give this year's registrants priority status to join us next year. We apologize for this inconvenience and, Lord willing, look forward to welcoming you to Cedarville next summer!

Equipping the Next Generation of Pro-Life Leaders

Cedarville University is pleased to announce the Defending Life Summer Institute, designed to equip the next generation of pro-life leaders to advocate for the life of the unborn. 

Choose from two sessions offered in summer 2021, or you can attend both:

  • June 14-18: Public Advocacy in Bioethics, taught by Dr. Marc Newman
  • June 21-25: Rhetoric and Ethics of Abortion, taught by Scott Klusendorf

The cost for each week is $1,000 for daily courses and evening activities, plus $500 for room and board. The cost for both sessions, with room and board, is $3,000. (Costs for the summer institute are not covered by tuition remission or financial aid.)

Attendees will be housed in Cedarville’s air-conditioned townhouses, but space is limited.

Please contact Alyssa Johnson with questions about the institute.

View the 2021 Caring Well. Staying Well. COVID-19 Planning Guide for our summer program guests.

Defending Life Summer Institute - Equipping the Next Generation of Pro-Life Leaders

Defending Life Summer Institute

Meet the Speakers

Marc Newman

Dr. Marc Newman

Dr. Marc Newman is president of Speaker for Life, which galvanizes Christian leaders into advocates and champions for the unborn. Marc's trained thousands of speakers nationwide in communication skills and apologetics. Energetic and compelling on the platform, Marc keynotes banquets each year raising millions of dollars for pregnancy resource centers. He is the author of Contenders: A Church-Wide Strategy to Unmask Abortion, Defeat Its Advocates, Empower Christians, and Change the World.

Scott Klusendorf

Scott Klusendorf

Scott Klusendorf is the president of Life Training Institute, where he trains pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views. A passionate and engaging platform speaker, Scott's pro-life presentations have been featured by Focus on the Family, Truths That Transform, and American Family Radio. Scott is a graduate of UCLA and the author of Pro-Life 101 and The Case for Life, and invited Chapel speaker.