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A Celebration of Former First Ladies

April 8, 2014Sue Allen, Deb Hoogendoorn, and Judy Hooker hosted “America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship” with First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a celebration with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Library & Museum with sponsorship from the Hauenstein Cente ...
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The Hidden Wounds of War

March 28-29The Hauenstein Center is proud to bring you this recording of a two day conference with the Michigan Combat PTSD Task Force. Since 2001, more than 2.2 million men and women have served in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Because of the unique characteristics of these w ...
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Deborah Mower – Civility

February 13, 2014 Deborah Mower examines the concept of civility and the conditions of civil disagreement in politics and education. Although many assume that civility is merely polite behavior, it functions to aid rational discourse. She offers multiple accounts of civility and it ...
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Colin Woodard – American Nations

January 23, 2014 According to journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations. He discusses the history of our continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped ou ...
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Olympia Snowe – Fighting for Common Ground: How to Fix the Stalemate in Congress

December 12, 2013 - 7 PM - Eberhard Center, GVSUIn this timely call to action, Senator Olympia Snowe explores the roots of her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise. A leading moderate with a reputation for crossing the aisle, she proposes solutions for bridgi ...
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Jason Duncan – John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism

December 4, 2013 - 7 PM - Loosemore Auditorium, GVSUFifty years after his death, John F. Kennedy’s legacy is often overshadowed by the shock of his assassination and the revelations concerning his private life. Kennedy governed at a time when political parties were less polarized, ...
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Amity Shlaes – Coolidge

November 21, 2013 - 7 PM - Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & MuseumAmity Shlaes delivers a brilliant and provocative reexamination of Calvin Coolidge and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership. Coolidge restored national trust in Was ...
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The Conservative Mind at 60

 November 9, 2013Published in the same year as ISI's founding, Kirk's magnum opus The Conservative Mind traced conservative intellectual thinkers in the English and American tradition from the philosopher Edmund Burke to the poet T.S. Eliot. Originally his doctoral thesis at St. An ...
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Jonathan Haidt – The Righteous Mind

October 22, 2013 Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions ...
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Mary Buikema
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Mary Buikema

September 11, 2013Mary BuikemaSeeker of the meaning of home. Driven by the moving and life-changing experiences of creating affordable home ownership opportunities for families. Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. Core values: hope, integrity, ...
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