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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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Race and the American Dream
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Race and the American Dream

American conversations about race are defined by the sobering realities of history and the poignant echoes of memory. Given the complexity of the past and the fractured nature of our present moment, no easy solutions exist for the vexing problem of racial inequality. However, on an issue of such end ...
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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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Akhil Amar: The Constitution Today
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Akhil Amar: The Constitution Today

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 7 PMCharles W. Loosemore AuditoriumFew subjects of interest to journalists and scholars involve questions as large in scope, or as serious in consequence, as those surrounding constitutional law. Given the enormous intellectual stakes that hinge on the interpretatio ...
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Common Ground—Israel & Palestine?
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Common Ground—Israel & Palestine?

An evening of respectful dialogue around one of the hardest questions facing our global community. This event is presented in partnership with Grand Valley State University's Kaufman Interfaith Institute. ...
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Midwestern History Conference—Call for Proposals
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Midwestern History Conference—Call for Proposals

The Midwestern History Association and the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University invite proposals for papers to be delivered at the Third Annual Midwestern History Conference to be held on June 7, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This conference continues a discussion commenced during th ...
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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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