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Winter 2018 Events
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Winter 2018 Events

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The General vs the President
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The General vs the President

At the dawn of a new era in American history, President Harry S. Truman struggled with unfavorable public opinion wrought against him in response to growing concerns about the Soviet Union and a challenging economic transition following World War II. For this embattled president, the future appeared ...
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2016 Election: Grand Rapids Panel
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2016 Election: Grand Rapids Panel

All too frequently, it appears that the presidential election cycle has left our public language coarse and rigid, our political coalitions badly fractured, and our outlets of news and opinion painfully inadequate for the difficult conversations and persistent challenges that lie ahead. In this seas ...
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Gayle R. Davis: A Lifetime of Leadership Lessons
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Gayle R. Davis: A Lifetime of Leadership Lessons

Entering her final year as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Grand Valley, Gayle Davis will speak on her experiences and personal leadership insights from her life and career at GVSU.During her fifteen-year tenure, Davis has led the academic community during th ...
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2016 Election: Allendale Panel
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2016 Election: Allendale Panel

Polls consistently show that two of every three Americans believe our country is on the wrong track. Not surprisingly, this presidential election cycle has disrupted old loyalties and challenged conventional wisdom. It has furrowed the brows of seasoned observers, and it has frustrated citizens of d ...
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The Hidden Wounds of War
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The Hidden Wounds of War

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is proud to co-sponsor an event from May 19 to May 20 that is designed to help veterans and their families cope with the trauma caused by PTSD. This conference is free and open to the public.We are proud to honor Ralph Hauenstein’s military leadership ...
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Finding the Lost Region: Rediscovering the Midwest (Day 2 of 2)
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Finding the Lost Region: Rediscovering the Midwest (Day 2 of 2)

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May 1 - “Finding the Lost Region: A Conference on Rediscovering the Midwest, America’s Most Common Ground.”GVSU Richard M. DeVos Center, Downtown Grand Rapids401 Fulton St. West Grand Rapids, MI 49504From left to right: Mary Eilleen Lyon, Glea ...
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Finding the Lost Region: Rediscovering the Midwest (Day 1 of 2)
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Finding the Lost Region: Rediscovering the Midwest (Day 1 of 2)

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April 30 - “Finding the Lost Region: A Conference on Rediscovering the Midwest, America’s Most Common Ground.”GVSU Richard M. DeVos Center, Downtown Grand Rapids401 Fulton St. West Grand Rapids, MI 49504From left to right: Mary Eilleen Lyon, G ...
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American Conversations – Cornel West and Robert P. George
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American Conversations – Cornel West and Robert P. George

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April 2, 7 PM “A Workable Armistice in the Culture Wars? A Dialogue Between Cornel West and Robert P. George”Keynote speakers Robert P. George (left) and Cornel West (right).Cornel West and Robert P. George are both professors at Princeton. Beyond that, they seem to share little ...
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Former Michigan Gov. John Engler Visits Hauenstein Center
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Former Michigan Gov. John Engler Visits Hauenstein Center

March 30 "Engler Speaks to Students, Faculty, and Community on Education, Economy, and Leadership"GVSU Pew Campus, Downtown Grand Rapids, MichiganFormer Michigan Governor John Engler visited GVSU's Pew Campus for a two-part event on Monday, March 30, 2015. He discus ...
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