11/18-Lecture — ‘The Education of Gerald R. Ford’ POSTPONED

“The Education of Gerald R. Ford”

To celebrate 50 years of quality teacher preparation programs at Grand Valley State University, the College of Education is hosting a 4-part lecture/panel series that will will take place throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. All events in the series will focus on the theme of REFLECTIONS & PREDICTIONS as we explore the past and look towards the future of education.

In this second event of the series, Susan Ford Bales and Dr. Hendrik Booraem will explain what education was like for her parents, President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford. The lecture will also discuss President Ford’s signing of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975, which provided equal access to education for children with physical and mental disabilities.

Open Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Lecture/panel from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This event is part of the College of Education’s 50th Anniversary Golden Lecture Series. For more upcoming events in the series, visit http://www.gvsu.edu/coe/50th/lecture-series-7.htm

***Updated time and location for this event coming soon!***



4/2- American Conversations–Cornel West and Robert P. George

“Cornel West and Robert P. George: A Workable Armistice in the Culture Wars?”

April 2, 2015 at 7 PM, L.V. Eberhard Center, GVSU Pew Campus, Downtown Grand Rapids

301 Fulton St. West, Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Cornel West and Robert P. George are both professors at Princeton. Beyond that, they seem to share little at all in common. West is a progressive race and political theorist; George is a conservative philosopher of Jurisprudence and Natural Law. An outsider would imagine these intellectual titans clashing spectacularly over the biggest issues—over politics, religion, and philosophy. Instead, George and West have developed a productive collaboration and friendship at Princeton. They teach classes together, dialogue together, and mentor students who report that the experience of seeing the two professors debate civilly has this effect: it reveals how two brilliant thinkers, each with immense goodwill, can examine a host of issues, disagree about well-nigh all of them, and still learn from and respect one another. Professors West and George, in their joint lecture, will talk about their productive friendship and its implications for the pursuit of common ground in politics and the academy.

To learn more about Cornel West and Robert P. George as well as their scholarship and philosophies, click on the links provided below.

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4/30-5/1- Common Ground Summit on the Midwest

April 30-May 1 “The Midwest: America’s Most Common Ground”

What can the culture and history of the Midwest tell us about the development of democracy, the expansion of industry, and the flourishing of pluralism in America?

In comparison to such regions as the South, the far West, and New England, the Midwest and its culture—the history of its peoples and places; its literature, music, and art; the complexity and richness of its landscapes—has sadly been neglected. And this neglect is both scholarly and popular: historians as well as literary and art critics tend not to examine the Midwest seriously in their academic work, while the myth of the Midwest has not, in the popular imagination, ascended to the level of the proud, literary South; the cultured, democratic Northeast; or the hip, innovative West Coast.

Nevertheless, the Midwest has a history and culture well worth exploring, analyzing, and bragging about. The purpose of our conference, titled “The Midwest: America’s Most Common Ground,” is to excite interest in the Midwest as a region with its own rich, nuanced, and varied history and culture. Our conference will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions on the history, literature, and art of the Midwest, Midwestern leadership and statesmanship, and the budding field of Midwestern Studies. We are inviting numerous scholars—historians, literary critics, geographers—to present on their work on Midwestern life and culture. With this summit we hope to start a conversation on the Midwest that engages the scholarly and popular imagination; most importantly, we hope to start a conversation that lasts.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday April 30th:

Welcome: Gleaves Whitney, 8:00 am
Introduction: Jon Lauck, 8:15 am

The Midwest as a Region: 9:00-10:15 am
How Nature and Culture Shaped Early Settlement in the Midwest: James E. Davis, Illinois College
First Cousins: The Civil War’s Impact on Midwestern Identity: Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University
Regionalist Thought in the Midwest: Michael C. Steiner, California State University-Fullerton
Chair: Jon Butler, Yale University

The Midwest’s People: 10:30 am – 11:45 pm
American and European Immigrant Groups in the Midwest by the mid Nineteenth
Century: Gregory S. Rose, The Ohio State University-Marion
The Native American Midwest: Susan Gray, Arizona State University
Politics in the Promised Land: How the Great Migration Shaped the American Midwest:
Jeffrey Helgeson, Texas State University
Chair: Joe Hogan, Hauenstein Center

Lunch: 11:45-12:45
Keynote: 12:45-1:45 - Hank Meijer

The Iconic Midwest: 2:00-3:45 pm
The Small Town: John Miller, South Dakota State University
The Midwest as an Economic Engine before World War I: David Good, University of Minnesota
The Agrarian Midwest: Chris Laingen, Eastern Illinois University
Chair: Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Iowa State University

Midwestern Landscapes: 4:00-5:45 pm
River Culture: Mike Allen, University of Washington-Tacoma
The Midwest’s Spiritual Landscapes: Jon Butler, Yale University
The Development of Midwestern Cities: Jon Teaford, Purdue University
Chair: James E. Davis, Illinois College

Reception: 6:00
Dinner: 6:30 – Speaker: Colin Woodard

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Friday May 1:

Planning Meeting of Midwestern Historians: 7:00 am

The Midwest’s Voices: 8:30-10:00 am
Midwestern Regionalists: Then and Now: Zachary Michael Jack, North Central College
Midwestern Intellectuals: James Seaton, Michigan State University
Midwestern Musicians: James Leary, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Midwestern Writers: The Third Wave: David Pichaske, Southwest Minnesota State University
Chair: Michael C. Steiner, California State University-Fullerton

The Midwestern Experience: 10:15 am – 11:45 pm
Civic Life in a Midwestern Community: Paula Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Growing Up Midwestern: Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Iowa State University
The Role of Sports in the Midwest: David McMahon, Kirkwood College
Midwestern Identity since World War II: Joe Anderson, Mount Royal University
Chair: John E. Miller, South Dakota State University

Lunch: 11:45-12:45 pm
Keynote: 12:45-1:45 pm – Joe Amato, Southwest Minnesota State University

Press Panel Discussion: 2:00-3:45 pm
Monica Davey, New York Times
Ben Kesling, Wall Street Journal
Jennifer Day, Chicago Tribune
Chair: TBD

Panel Discussion on Reviving Interest in the Midwest as a Region: 4:00-5:45 pm
Reflections on the Limited Appeal of Midwestern History: Andrew Cayton, Miami University
Steps Toward Reviving Midwestern History: Jon Lauck, University of South Dakota
Publishing Books about Midwestern History: Catherine Cocks, University of Iowa Press
The Future of the History of the Midwest: Joe Anderson, Mount Royal University
Chair: TBD

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