2014

 

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. 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

11/12-Wheelhouse Talks — Barbara Pickut

November 12, 2014 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Barbara Pickut, Medical Director of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences.

As Medical Director of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences, and associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr. Barbara Pickut is a standout in the Grand Rapids medical, neuroscience, and academic communities. A graduate of the University of Michigan for her bachelors and masters degrees, with an M.D. from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, Dr. Pickut has completed thirty-eight clinical trials related to Parkinson’s Disease since 1992, co-founded the Belgian Movement Disorders Society, and studied the role of mindfulness and mind-body intervention in movement disorders. Come join us as Dr. Pickut speaks on her leadership experiences abroad, in the classroom, and in the medical community.

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Eventbrite - Wheelhouse Talk: Barbara Pickut, Mercy Health

12/10-H.W. Brands — ‘The Prez: Machiavelli Visits the White House’

December 10 – 7:00 PM, L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“The Prez: Machiavelli Visits the White House” with H.W. Brands

December, 10 2014

For centuries the name Machiavelli has been synonymous with amoral calculation in politics. No American president would ever want to be described as Machiavellian. Yet should the canny Florentine return to life and visit twenty-first century America, he would have some useful and surprising advice for America’s chief executive – advice that would say as much about America as about the country’s highest office.

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

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Eventbrite - The Prez: Machiavelli Visits the White House by H.W. Brands

2015

 

1/14-Wheelhouse Talks — Judge Sara Smolenski

January 14, 2015 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Hon. Sara Smolenski, Chief Judge of the 63rd District Court of Michigan.

A native of Grand Rapids, Judge Sara Smolenski is highly regarded as a community leader for her work both in and out of the courtroom. Not only the longstanding Chief Judge of the 63rd District Court of Michigan, Judge Smolenski is also a strong advocate for education, prevention of violence against women, and community engagement. Recognized throughout Grand Rapids for her public service and sense of humor, she will share her view of leadership from the bench and beyond.

2/11-Wheelhouse Talks — Rosalynn Bliss

February 11, 2015 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Rosalynn Bliss, City Commissioner for the 2nd Ward of Grand Rapids.

Community leader and advocate for the defenseless, Grand Rapids Second Ward City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss is a fierce representative of her constituents and of homeless youth. Recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for her local and statewide leadership in child welfare and community outreach, Rosalynn continues to positively impact the quality of life in Grand Rapids.

3/11-Wheelhouse Talks — Hilary Snell

March 11, 2015 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Hilary Snell, Varnum, L.L.P.

Inquisitive with a strong legal mind, Hilary Snell has long been a prominent member of the Grand Rapids community. A graduate of Colgate University and the University of Michigan Law School, Snell serves at Varnum, L.L.P., where he has been a managing partner. He has also been chairman of the board at Spectrum Health, Priority Health, and the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. He currently chairs the Hauenstein Center advisory cabinet.

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