3/15- Start with Why with Stephen Shedletzky- The Wheelhouse Talks

7 PM, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Room 215, L.V. Eberhard Center
301 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

In an expansion of our Wheelhouse Talk Series, the Hauenstein Center is proud to welcome Stephen Shedletzky, Head Engagement Officer with Simon Sinek’s well-known Start with Why movement. Start with Why imagines a world where people wake up each day inspired to go to work and return home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work they do because they have contributed to something greater than themselves. Stephen continues this mission by supporting leaders to ignite cultures where people feel inspired, safe and fulfilled, and guides individuals, teams, and organizations to find, clearly articulate, and live their Why. Stephen is a founder of his own company, InspirAction, a co-host and co-producer of the Start with Why podcast, and has worked with leading international organizations including Rutgers University, Columbia Sportswear, and Boeing.

4/4-Martha Nussbaum: Anger and Revolutionary Justice

7 PM, Room 215, L.V. Eberhard Center
301 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

At this fractious time in our nation’s political history, no intellectual exercise could prove more timely than serious reflection on the influence of anger in public life. While it is tempting to think of anger as a fair and effective response to perceived injustice, it is noteworthy that three of the twentieth century’s great freedom movements succeeded by way of leaders who deliberately embraced non-anger: Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela. As a force for positive change, history demonstrates that anger is deeply flawed in both philosophical and practical terms.

Martha Nussbaum, world-famous philosopher, classicist, and legal scholar at the University of Chicago, will give an address on the limits of anger. This presentation is sure to illustrate our vital need for leaders who can recognize the humanity of those who think differently, especially when the stakes are high.

4/27-Dr. Barbara Kellerman – Leading for an Uncertain Future

6 PM, Thursday, April 27, 2017
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center, 401 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI

Following the contentious and often bitter 2016 election, there is perhaps no individual better suited to discuss our country’s crisis in leadership, or to charge our graduating Cook Leadership Academy Fellows with the responsibility of authentic leadership than Dr. Barbara Kellerman, the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Dr. Kellerman has been an instrumental figure in the study of leadership for decades and is now the Founding Executive Director of the HKS Center for Public Leadership. She has held professorships at no less than six universities, among them Tufts, George Washington, and Dartmouth. She was also the co-founder of the International Leadership Association (ILA). Dr. Kellerman is the author and editor of many books, including The Political Presidency: Practice of Leadership; Bad Leadership; The End of Leadership ; and Hard Times: Leadership in America. Often recognized for her insights, she has appeared on multiple media outlets including CBS, NPR and the BBC, and has contributed articles to some of our nation’s most prominent newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.

5/4-5/6-Conservative/Progressive Summit

Thursday, May 4 – Saturday, May 6, 2017
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center
GVSU Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Free and open to the public

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Thursday Evening, May 4, 7-8:30 PM: Opening Conversation with George Hawley and Daniel McCarthy
Friday Morning, May 5, 9 AM-11:45 AM: Keynote by Wilfred McClay and Morning Panel
Friday Lunch, May 5, 11:45 AM: Box Lunch (provided free of charge thanks to our generous supporters)
Friday Afternoon, May 5, 1:15-5:15 PM: Keynotes by Nicole Hemmer & Andrew Hartman and Afternoon Panel
Friday Evening, May 5, 7-8:30 PM: Keynote Conversation on Politics, Journalism, and the Digital Age
Saturday Morning, May 6, 9 AM-10AM: Keynote by Martha Jones
Saturday Morning, May 6, 10:15 AM: Pedagogy Demonstration & Interactive Program with Mark Carnes (L.V. Eberhard Center)
Saturday Lunch, May 6, 11:45 AM: Box Lunch (provided free of charge thanks to our generous supporters)
Saturday Afternoon, May 6, 1:15-5:45 PM, Keynote with Bradley Birzer and Afternoon Panel & Conversation

The aftermath of Election 2016 shows Americans the urgent need for a forum outside of the country’s ideological echo chambers. From the tiresome melodrama of cable news to the insipidity of social media feeds, it has become clear that spending too much time in one’s own milieu comes with certain risks: assumptions unquestioned, perceptions unchallenged, conclusions uncomplicated.

In partnership with the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation, the Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan, and the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, the Hauenstein Center is proud to host the 2017 Conservative/Progressive Summit. This summit will assemble over two dozen national thought leaders, progressives, and conservatives alike, for a serious conversation about the shifting political and intellectual terrain of American life.

5/11-2017 Hidden Wounds of War Conference

Since the beginning of time, veterans, families, and the community have struggled with the aftereffects of serving in the military. Hidden Wounds of War Conference brings awareness and education to the community about treatments and resources. This year’s conference topics will focus on the Moral Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Environmental Exposure on the battlefield.

The purpose of this conference is:

  • Promote the understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-traumatic Stress Injury/Disorder, and Moral Injury
  • Identify community resources
  • Establish a solid Community Referral Network to specifically treat combat-related TBI, PTSD and Moral Injury
  • Begin a dialogue to identify practical and effective strategies for treating our wounded veterans

June-Finding the Lost Region: 2017

Third Annual Midwestern History Conference


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In the stunning wake of Election 2016, studies of the Midwest are more crucial than ever for understanding the complex history and shifting politics of the United States. More than at any time in recent memory, the nation’s center of gravity is planted in Midwestern soil. Home to the Great Plains and the Great Lakes; known for agriculture and industry, for majestic countryside and great cities; labeled the Breadbasket, the Heartland, and the Rust Belt; the history of the Midwest – its peoples and places, cultures and conflicts, aspirations and afflictions – is the history of America’s most common ground.
Hosted for the third consecutive year by the Hauenstein Center in collaboration with the Midwestern History Association, this conference will assemble historians, literary scholars, and cultural commentators dedicated to renewing Midwestern studies. “Finding the Lost Region” will continue the project of rebuilding the intellectual infrastructure necessary for studies of the American Midwest to flourish.

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.

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Midwest Schedule

9-10 AM
10-10:15 AM
10:15-11:45 AM
12-12:30 PM
12:45- 1:45 PM
1:45-2 PM
2-3:30 PM
3:30-3:45 PM
3:45-5:15 PM
7-8 PM
Morning Plenary: Michael Barone
Break Out Session I
Luncheon Plenary: Erik S. McDuffie
Break Out Session II
Break Out Session III
Keynotes: Jason A. Heppler and D. Bradford Hunt

7/13-2017 William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs

Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Commemorate President Gerald R. Ford’s 104th Birthday by attending the William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs lecture and reception. We are pleased to announce our distinguished speaker will be: Ambassador Carla A. Hills presenting remarks on “Why Trade Matters.”

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