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The Lost Art of Bipartisan Statesmanship

November 14, 2012 - The Hauenstein Center teams up with the National Endowment for the Humanities and World Affairs Councils of America to present a national forum on Michigan’s most famous senator, Arthur Vandenberg. The Grand Rapids native was a principled Republican who knew h ...
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Hank Meijer on the Life of Arthur Vandenberg

Vandenberg biographer Hank Meijer explores the lessons of Vandenberg’s statesmanship for our times. ...
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Election 2012 – A Watershed in American History?

October 29, 2012 - Whatever the breadth and depth of their disagreements, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney concur: the presidential election in 2012 gives voters a clear choice between two very different philosophies and policy approaches to a host of challenges faci ...
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Untold Story of the U.S. Constitution

Untold Story of the U.S. Constitution

If citizens think politics are nasty nowadays, they were arguably nastier in 1787 when America’s new frame of government was bruited about.The statesmen who debated the architecture of freedom were not above petty politics, yet somehow they sorted through their personality differences and diverse ...
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Benjamin Franklin – Leader Extraordinaire

America was fortunate that Ben Franklin was one of its founders. Although his origins were humble, ambition and talent carried him far in both the U.S. and Europe. No other middle-class human being has risen to such an array of leadership positions. Franklin led our nation as a best-selling author, ...
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Abraham Lincoln and the Pursuit of Happiness

February 10, 2009 Brian Flanagan, associate director of the Hauenstein Center and a member of the Michigan Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee, gave a talk at the Hauenstein Center's Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture Series. The Center's se ...
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The First Thing You’ll Notice About Lincoln

February 10, 2009 Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center and a member of the Michigan Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee, gave a talk at the Hauenstein Center's Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture Series. The Center's series was ...
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American Indians and the Great Emancipator

February 10, 2009Scott Stabler, assistant professor of history at Grand Valley State University, gave a talk at the Hauenstein Center's Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture Series. The Center's series was part of the annual confer ...
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An Abraham Lincoln Tribute

February 9, 2009Cameron Brown, a senator in the Michigan state legislaturer and a member of the Michigan Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee, gave a talk at the Hauenstein Center's Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture Series. The Center's serie ...
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De(a)dication: Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg

February 9, 2009 Michael Zuckert, professor and chair of political science at the University of Notre Dame, gave a talk at the Hauenstein Center's Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture Se ...
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