5/13 - American Conversation – Rick Atkinson: The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe

May 13 – 7 PM – Eberhard Center

301 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI.

The Guns Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-1945

The Hauenstein Center is proud to bring you this American Conversations event featuring Rick Atkinson, a multiple Pulitzer Prizing winning author and journalist.

D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Rick Atkinson’s riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. Historic events come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory. This Hauenstein Center event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Library & Museum.

Eventbrite - "The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-1945" by Rick Atkinson

6/11-13 – Have the Liberal Arts Become Too Politicized? A Meeting of the Left and Right

June 11-13 – Loosemore Auditorium

GVSU downtown Pew campus, DeVos Building E

Have the Liberal Arts Become Too Politicized? A Meeting of the Left and Right
Hauenstein Center Common Ground Conference

Date: June 11-13
Time: June 11: evening keynote at 7 PM; June 12-13: all-day keynotes and panel discussions (Schedule coming soon!)
Location: Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU downtown Pew campus, DeVos Building E
Description: Academic rigor requires intellectual diversity. In recent years numerous books, studies, surveys, and articles have addressed perceived ideological imbalances – from both the left and right – found among faculty in the humanities and social sciences. Our June conference will focus on these perceived ideological imbalances in higher education and their impact. Specifically, our conference will bring in several keynote speakers and panelists – from the left and the right – to examine and search out common ground within the liberal arts.

This past year we have been focusing on a new leadership initiative, the Common Ground Initiative, which is an exploration and redefinition of what it means to be conservative and what it means to be progressive in the U.S. today. We have hosted a number of stellar researchers – for example, Jonathan Haidt – and received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring to our campus a number of scholars to investigate the first principles of these two traditions and explore the possible common ground that conservatives and progressives might share, not only politically and historically, but also culturally and within higher education.

Registration coming soon.



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