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.

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4/27- Barbara Kellerman- The Wheelhouse Talks

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

As our country continues to chart its path 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. In the past, she has held professorships at no less than six universities, among them Tufts, George Washington, and Dartmouth,. She was also the cofounder 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 (2012); and Hard Times: Leadership in America (2014). 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.

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June-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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