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Midwestern History Conference
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Midwestern History Conference

Midwestern History ConferenceJune 1, 2016Richard M. DeVos Center401 Fulton St. W.Grand Rapids, MI49504In spring 2015, the Hauenstein Center, in collaboration with the Midwestern History Association, hosted a Common Ground Summit on the history, culture, and art of the American Midwest. Our many spea ...
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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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Progressive/Conservative
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Progressive/Conservative

“Progressive/Conservative” will bring together thought leaders from the left and right, and from inside and outside the academy, to discuss how the collision of progressivism and conservatism in America shapes, has shaped, and will continue to shape our national identity. ...
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Alan Charles Kors: The Legacy of the Enlightenment and the Heart of Academic Freedom
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Alan Charles Kors: The Legacy of the Enlightenment and the Heart of Academic Freedom

“The Legacy of the Enlightenment and the Heart of Academic Freedom.”7 PM, March 16, 2016Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. Devos CenterUniversity campuses occupy an important space in American cultural life.At their best, our nation’s campuses provide common ground on which issues of ...
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Common Ground in Secondary Education
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Common Ground in Secondary Education

January 14, 2016: Common Ground in Secondary EducationWith Bill Rice, Gregory Dykhouse, and Eva Brann7 PM: Charles W. Loosemore AuditoriumHigh schools are often the first places students think of themselves as engaged citizens of a democracy. How, then, can high sch ...
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H.W. Brands—Reagan: The Life
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H.W. Brands—Reagan: The Life

February 18, 20167 PM, LV Eberhard Center, Room 215301 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504Reagan’s legacy is a fiercely contested one. In Reagan: The Life, H.W. Brands follows his subject from humble beginnings in small-town Illinois to fame on the silver screen and power in the Oval Office. Emplo ...
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Common Ground in Secondary Education
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Common Ground in Secondary Education

January 14, 2016: Common Ground in Secondary EducationWith Bill Rice, Gregory Dykhouse, and Eva Brann7 PM: Charles W. Loosemore AuditoriumHigh schools are often the first places where students think of themselves as engaged citizens in a democracy. How, then, can hi ...
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Character and the Presidency
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Character and the Presidency

November 17, 2015: Character and the Presidency with keynote by Richard Norton Smith6PM, Charles W. Loosemore AuditoriumRichard M. DeVos CenterYou’re invited to join us as we launch an exciting multi-year series on Character and the Presidency, an annual event that will explore an ...
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Louis Menand: The Marketplace of Ideas
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Louis Menand: The Marketplace of Ideas

December 10, 2015: Louis Menand: The Marketplace of Ideas7 PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium,Richard M. DeVos CenterOften we hear that universities and their humanities departments are in crisis. Threatened by shrinking budgets, humanities scholars are faced with the tough task of ...
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Evan Thomas: <em>Being Nixon</em>
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Evan Thomas: Being Nixon

Evan Thomas: Being Nixon: A Man DividedOctober 22, 20157 PM, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Auditorium.303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504In Being Nixon, Evan Thomas peels away the layers of the complex figure who became America’s thirty-seventh president. Being Nixon offers a surprisi ...
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