2016

9/30-Rock the Vote

The Hauenstein Center is a proud co-sponsor of the Student Civic Assembly Week’s Rock the Vote concert.

Friday, September 30, 2016
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Lubbers Stadium Pavilion

For more information, click here.

10/7-Gleaves Whitney—Election 2016 & Beyond: What is to be Done? The Wheelhouse Talks #1

4PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

During the course of Campaign 2016, three presidential candidates have exposed deep fissures and raw wounds in American society. Whether you were drawn to Trump, Clinton, or Sanders, each has attracted a sizeable portion of the electorate. The alt-right, progressives, socialists — they are here to stay. Because each candidate has painted a dramatically different ideal of twenty-first century America, questions arise: Is there any possible way for the three factions to work together with enough good will to find principled common ground? Or is the U.S. at an unprecedented impasse in postwar history? Will it be necessary for the political parties to reconstitute themselves in ways that better reflect our changing demographics and interests? In this Wheelhouse Talk the director of the Hauenstein Center, Gleaves Whitney, will reflect on some lessons for emerging leaders seeking to grapple with a rapidly evolving (or devolving) political environment.

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 — famous Civil War general and eighteenth President of the United States — was considered among the greatest leaders in American history. His Personal Memoirs, completed rapidly as he fought his last battle with cancer, were published by Mark Twain shortly after Grant’s death in 1885, to enduring acclaim.

During the twentieth century, evaluations of Grant’s legacy became more critical. In American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, bestselling historian Ronald C. White mobilizes 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 attempts to set a new standard of excellence for Grant biographers.

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is proud to partner with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library & Museum to host this keynote with Ronald C. White as he introduces his book, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant.

 

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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.

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.

11/18-Provost Gayle R. Davis—A Lifetime of Leadership Lessons: The Wheelhouse Talks #2

4PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

 

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 the university’s marked growth. She has shepherded a major reorganization of the university, expanded interdisciplinary courses, created an interdisciplinary college, and fostered a redesign of student advising that has dramatically increased retention. Recognized in 2006 as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan” by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Davis earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from
Michigan State University.

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.

4/4-Martha Nussbaum: Walt Whitman & 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.

Check back later for RSVP capability.

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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