2016

2/12-Brian Flanagan: The Wheelhouse Talks

Title: The Wheelhouse Talks: Brian Flanagan
3:30-4:00, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Brian Flanagan, a graduate of Notre Dame and GVSU, is the former associate director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and co-founder of the Cook Leadership Academy and its Wheelhouse Talks series.

Under Flanagan’s direction, the Sanger Leadership Center at the University of Michigan provides thought leadership and high-impact, experience-based learning initiatives that serve Michigan alumni and more than 3,000 students.

2/18-H.W. Brands: Reagan: The Life

Title: H.W. Brands: Reagan: The Life
7PM, LV Eberhard Center, Room 215
301 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Reagan’s legacy is a fiercely contested one. In Reagan: The Life, H.W. Brands follows his subject from humble beginnings in small-town Illinois to fame on the silver screen and power in the Oval Office. Employing archival sources not available to previous biographers, Brands has crafted a richly detailed and fascinating narrative of Reagan’s presidency, which ushered in a new presidential age—the age of Reagan—whose effects are still powerfully felt today.

3/16-Alan Charles Kors: The Legacy of Enlightenment and the Heart of Academic Freedom

Title: Alan Charles Kors: The Legacy of the Enlightenment and the Heart of Academic Freedom
7PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

University campuses occupy an important space in American cultural life. At their best, our nation’s campuses provide common ground on which issues of world-historical importance—from war and empire, to race, class, and gender—can be debated. For that reason, we often take for granted the prevalence and security of academic freedom and open debate on college campuses. Recently, however, these essential virtues of university life have been put to the test.

In his keynote address, Alan Charles Kors, acclaimed intellectual historian and Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, will remind us that the principles of free speech and open debate did not always exist; rather, they have significant roots in the Enlightenment. A 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, Professor Kors will reveal how the legacy of the Enlightenment, the principle of academic freedom, and the purpose of open debate are inextricably intertwined.

Relevant Works by Alan Charles Kors

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (Excerpt)

The Essential Relationship of Academic Freedom to Human Liberty

Can There be an After “Socialism?”

3/18-Kate Pew Wolters: The Wheelhouse Talks

Title: The Wheelhouse Talks: Kate Pew Wolters
3:30-4:00, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Familiar in the Grand Rapids community, Kate Pew Wolters is a graduate of Aquinas College and of Michigan State University, where she earned a master’s degree in social work.

A philanthropist and active board member, she is president and co-founder of the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation, which supports non-profits for education, social justice, individuals with disabilities, and the arts. Kate is also a two-time appointee to the GVSU Board of Trustees and has demonstrated leadership at a time of remarkable growth at the university.

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