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Rick Atkinson – The Guns at Last Light

May 13, 2014The Hauenstein Center was proud to bring you this American Conversations event featuring Rick Atkinson, a multiple Pulitzer Prizing winning author and journalist.D-Day marked the commencement of one of the greatest common ground initiatives in world history – the final ...
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

April 23, 2014Learn about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse when it comes to meeting the people you disagree with. Brenna Cleary gave us time-honored techniques to help civic opponents build trust and find common ground. This workshop is brought to you through the generosity of t ...
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Working with a Team of Rivals

April 14, 2014The Hauenstein Center offered this interactive common ground workshop for emergent community leaders. Our goal was to prepare a new generation of leaders to deal effectively with diverse ideas and cultures. The workshop drew from the great books, American history, and ...
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A Celebration of Former First Ladies

April 8, 2014Sue Allen, Deb Hoogendoorn, and Judy Hooker hosted “America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship” with First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a celebration with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Library & Museum with sponsorship from the Hauenstein Cente ...
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The Hidden Wounds of War

March 28-29The Hauenstein Center was proud to host this two day conference with the Michigan Combat PTSD Task Force. Since 2001, more than 2.2 million men and women have served in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Because of the unique characteristics of these wars, and our advanc ...
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Leader Lens – Winter 2014

February 19, 2014In this innovative series of leadership seminars three Cook Leadership Academy fellows explore the connections between leadership and community. These presentations give the fellows an opportunity to gain valuable public speaking experience while also giving other f ...
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Deborah Mower – Civility

February 13, 2014 Deborah Mower examines the concept of civility and the conditions of civil disagreement in politics and education. Although many assume that civility is merely polite behavior, it functions to aid rational discourse. She offers multiple accounts of civility and it ...
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Colin Woodard – American Nations

January 23, 2014 According to journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations. He discusses the history of our continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped ou ...
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Speaking Truth To Power

January 22, 2014 Speaking Truth to Power: An interactive common ground workshop for emergent community leaders, focusing on “how to speak truth to power.” The workshop draws from "The Ring of Gyges" in Plato's "Republic" to empower participants to work with elected officials an ...
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Should Michigan Raise the Minimum Wage?

January 14, 2014 Jarrett Skorup and Yannet Lathrop debate the question, "should Michigan raise the minimum wage?".Since the United States instituted the first federal minimum wage in 1938, there has been no shortage of debate on the topic. Whether we should raise, lower, maintain, ...
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