2016

9/8-Can We Find Common Ground Between Israel and Palestine?

An evening of respectful dialogue around one of the hardest questions facing our global community

7PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

This event is presented in partnership with Grand Valley State University’s Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

 

Abdullah Antepli is Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs and was the first imam at Duke University. Antepli is the co-director of the Muslim Leadership Initiative which invites North American Muslims to engage in dialogue with the Jewish community in America and in Israel through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

Donniel Hartman is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Orthodox rabbi, and author of Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. He has been a frequent presenter at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute’s sponsored Jewish-Christian-Muslim triennial dialogues.

 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited space.

9/14-Akhil Reed Amar: The Constitution Today


7PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

 
 
 
Few 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 interpretation of America’s most important political document, it can be difficult for even the most informed citizens to understand fully the enduring influence of the Constitution on American politics and culture in the twenty-first century.

In honor of Constitution Day, the Hauenstein Center and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library & Museum are pleased to host distinguished legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University. He will discuss his forthcoming book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era, just in time for the upcoming presidential election.

This event is free and open to the public, but due to limited space, registration is required.

10/7-The Wheelhouse Talks #1

Speakers for our 2016-2017 Wheelhouse Talks Series will be announced soon.

The Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who are eager to share their leadership philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow come together to evoke personal stories of learning and growth. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — are center stage. The Wheelhouse Talks provide fellows and the public with an opportunity to engage with those making an impact in our community today.

10/20-Ronald C. White: American Ulysses

7PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

By the late nineteenth century, Ulysses S. Grant – distinguished Civil War general and 18th President of the United States – was considered among the greatest leaders in American history. His Personal Memoirs, completed rapidly as he battled cancer, were published by Mark Twain shortly after Grant’s death in 1885, to enduring acclaim.

As the twentieth century progressed, historical evaluations of Grant’s legacy became more critical.In American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, bestselling historian Ronald C. White utilizes meticulous research and a masterful prose style to argue that the time is ripe for a fresh evaluation of Grant’s important contributions to American life. As a multidimensional portrait of an iconic nineteenth-century figure, American Ulysses promises to set a new standard of excellence for Grant biographers.

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10/25-Election Panel (Allendale, MI)

5 PM, Cook-DeWitt Center, Grand Valley State University’s Allendale, MI Campus

The recent presidential election cycle has defied the expectations of ordinary citizens and seasoned political observers alike, exposing serious conflicts of vision within both major parties that seem unlikely to disappear in the near future. In times like these, the noise of democracy can be so loud as to make it difficult for one to think clearly about the issues at hand. Fortunately, we do not have to face these challenges alone, thanks to Grand Valley professionals with extensive knowledge of American politics.

Join us in Allendale for the first of two panels on the upcoming presidential election, featuring professors from Grand Valley’s Department of Political Science. The panel will be chaired by Mark Richards, and commenters will include Erika King, Laura Schneider, Darren Walhof, and Donald Zinman.

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11/1-Election Panel (Grand Rapids, MI)

7 PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The recent presidential election cycle has defied the expectations of ordinary citizens and seasoned political observers alike, exposing serious conflicts of vision within both major parties that seem unlikely to disappear in the near future. In times like these, the noise of democracy can be so loud as to make it difficult for one to think clearly about the issues at hand. Fortunately, we do not have to face these challenges alone, thanks to Grand Valley professionals with extensive knowledge of American politics.

Join us in Grand Rapids for the second of two panels on the upcoming presidential election, featuring faculty and staff from Grand Valley’s Department of Political Science, the Frederik Meijer Honors College, and the Division of University Relations. The panel will be chaired by Mark Richards, and commenters will include Polly Diven, Erika King, Matt McLogan, and Jonathan White.

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11/18-The Wheelhouse Talks #2

Speakers for our 2016-2017 Wheelhouse Talks Series will be announced soon.

The Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who are eager to share their leadership philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow come together to evoke personal stories of learning and growth. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — are center stage. The Wheelhouse Talks provide fellows and the public with an opportunity to engage with those making an impact in our community today.

2017

1/20-The Wheelhouse Talks #3

Speakers for our 2016-2017 Wheelhouse Talks Series will be announced soon.

The Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who are eager to share their leadership philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow come together to evoke personal stories of learning and growth. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — are center stage. The Wheelhouse Talks provide fellows and the public with an opportunity to engage with those making an impact in our community today.

2/10-The Wheelhouse Talks #4

Speakers for our 2016-2017 Wheelhouse Talks Series will be announced soon.

The Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who are eager to share their leadership philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow come together to evoke personal stories of learning and growth. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — are center stage. The Wheelhouse Talks provide fellows and the public with an opportunity to engage with those making an impact in our community today.

3/15-The Wheelhouse Talks #5

Speakers for our 2016-2017 Wheelhouse Talks Series will be announced soon.

The Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who are eager to share their leadership philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow come together to evoke personal stories of learning and growth. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — are center stage. The Wheelhouse Talks provide fellows and the public with an opportunity to engage with those making an impact in our community today.

3/2-Martha Nussbaum: Walt Whitman and the Democratic Imagination

7PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

In an era of disorienting technological advancement, lingering economic uncertainty, and rapid social change, leaders in public life are often pressured to think more about the bottom line than about the democratic principles that politics and education are intended to preserve. Technocratic thinking often leaves the fate of academic study in the humanities perilously unclear to even the calmest of observers, threatening the human capacity for empathy and imagination, two essential ingredients for healthy democracies.
Martha Nussbaum, world-famous philosopher, classicist, and legal scholar, will give an address on the democratic imagination of Walt Whitman, and how it can help us to promote robust public discourse by enhancing our appreciation for the multitudes that exist within all of us.

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4/27-The Wheelhouse Talks #6

Speakers for our 2016-2017 Wheelhouse Talks Series will be announced soon.

The Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who are eager to share their leadership philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow come together to evoke personal stories of learning and growth. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — are center stage. The Wheelhouse Talks provide fellows and the public with an opportunity to engage with those making an impact in our community today.

May-Finding the Lost Region: 2017

Third Annual Midwestern History Conference

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, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This conference continues a discussion commenced during the last two years during collaborative conferences at the Hauenstein Center designed to spark the revival of Midwestern studies.

We welcome papers of all kinds relating to all aspects of the history of the American Midwest. Given that this year’s conference will be held in collaboration with the Agricultural History Society, we are particularly interested in proposals that relate to the agricultural and rural history of the American Midwest and some of those proposals could become part of hybrid panels organized by the Midwestern History Association, the Hauenstein Center, and the Agricultural History Society and held during a special collaborative session on June 8, 2016. We encourage participants in the Midwestern history conference to also attend the Agricultural History Society annual meeting, which will be held immediately following the Midwestern history conference on the campus of Grand Valley State University from June 8-10.

Individual proposals should be a maximum of 300 words and describe the topic to be addressed. Panel proposals are also welcome and should be a maximum of 1,000 words. All proposals should be accompanied by the short vitas of the participants. Proposals should be sent to Scott St. Louis of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center at stlouis1@gvsu.edu There is no registration fee for attending the Midwestern history conference but there will be a request to RSVP online in coming months.

The Midwestern History Association, created in the fall of 2014, is dedicated to rebuilding the field of Midwestern history, which has suffered from decades of neglect and inattention. The MHA advocates for greater attention to Midwestern history among professional historians, seeks to rebuild the infrastructure necessary for the study of the American Midwest, promotes greater academic discourse relating to Midwestern history, and offers prizes to scholars who excel in the study of the Midwest. To become a member of the Midwestern History Association, please contact MHA Secretary Ted Frantz at efrantz@uindy.edu

Inspired by Ralph Hauenstein’s life of leadership and service and housed at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is dedicated to raising a community of ethical, effective leaders for the twenty-first century. The Center’s Common Ground Initiative engages thought leaders to confront the political and cultural challenges our diverse communities face. By challenging humanities scholars, culture commentators, and political leaders from the left and right to explore the possible common ground between their respective camps, the Hauenstein Center promotes common ground for the common good.

Proposals are due by January 1, 2017.

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