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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, 20157 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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The Constitution and Religion
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The Constitution and Religion

Title: Bruce Frohnen: The Constitution and Religion: Allies, Adversaries, or Something Else?7 PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos CenterSeptember 24, 2015401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504Contemporary debates about the Constitution often center on one question: whether our Con ...
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Free Screening of <em>Best of Enemies</em>
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Free Screening of Best of Enemies

Title: Free Screening of Best of Enemies7 PM, Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids WoodlandSeptember 17 20153195 28th Street SEGrand Rapids, MI 49512At the height of the civic unrest in 1968, television news changed forever. During the Democratic and Republican national conventions, two towering public ...
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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 CenterThis year we launched an exciting multi-year series on Character and the Presidency, an annual event that will explore an area in which both ...
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