2014

 

9/15-Donald Markle — ‘The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying’

September 15 – 7 PM Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying with Donald E. Markle”

September 15, 2014

The Hauenstein Center is proud to bring you this American Conversations keynote featuring Donald E. Markle, a former U.S. intelligence officer, Smithsonian Institute lecturer, and author whose previous works address the topic of U.S. military intelligence during World War II and the American Civil War.

Most books about espionage in the American Revolution tend to focus on General George Washington, but as noted historian Donald E. Markle explores in this fascinating account, there was an entire system of intelligence communication independent of his direction. General Washington and British General Charles Cornwallis were engaged in a constant battle to outmaneuver each other, and Cornwallis seemed always one step behind Washington and his intelligence departments. As the war progressed, the Americans and British slowly learned one another’s tactics, leading to the hunt between the American fox (Washington) and the British hound (Cornwallis). There could only be one winner.

This event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.


Donald E. Markle’s book, The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying, will be available for purchase and a book signing at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum after his presentation.

Eventbrite - The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying by Donald E. Markle

10/7-Herb Meyer — ‘What in the World is Going on? A Global Intelligence Briefing’

October 7, 2014 – 7 PM L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“What in the World Is Going On? A Global Intelligence Briefing”

October 7, 2014

Look beyond today’s headlines, and you will see a world that is more prosperous and more peaceful than most people are expecting. In this global overview, Herb Meyer – the Reagan Administration intelligence official who first predicted the Soviet Union’s collapse – will explain what really lies behind the current Middle East turmoil and why today so many countries are emerging from poverty and creating stable middle-class societies. Above all, he will outline the great challenges – and the great opportunities – that await students as they complete their education and head out into the world. In this return visit to Grand Rapids, Meyer will draw on his expertise to share insights into the world’s constantly changing geopolitical landscape.

This event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.

Eventbrite - What in the World is Going On: A Global Intelligence Briefing by Herb Meyer

10/8-Wheelhouse Talks — Cook Leadership Academy Alumni Panel

October 8 – 12:30 PM Seidman College of Business, Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Alumni Panel with Selma Tucker, Austin Dean, Allie Bush, Juliana Nahas-Viilo

October 8, 2014

A co-founder of Failure:Lab, a director of marketing and communications at Public Sector Consultants, a coordinator of communications at Varnum Consulting, and a public policy coordinator at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce: all young professionals, Grand Valley graduates, and Cook Leadership Academy alumni whose leadership has made its mark on Grand Rapids and across the state. Come gain new, fresh perspectives on leadership as these past fellows engage in a lively panel discussion about their experiences as young professionals and leaders.

Panelists:

Austin Dean, Co-Founder Failure:Lab, Director of Business Operations GR Current.
Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants
Juliana Nahas-Viilo, Communications Coordinator Varnum Consulting
Allie Bush, Public Policy Coordinator, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Eventbrite - Wheelhouse Talk: Cook Leadership Academy Alumni Panel

11/6-Francis Fukuyama — Political Order and Political Decay

November 6 – 7:00 PM L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“Political Order and Political Decay” by Francis Fukuyama

November 6, 2014

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called volume one of Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order “magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.” In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as “a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time.” And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed “this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two.” Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, “Political Order and Political Decay” is an essential American conversation.

This event is in partnership with the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative. Dr. Francis Fukuyama’s book, Political Order and Political Decay, will be available for purchase and a book signing after the presentation.

Eventbrite - Political Order and Political Decay with Dr. Francis Fukuyama

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