10/7-Herb Meyer — ‘What in the World is Going on? A Global Intelligence Briefing’

October 7, 2014 – 7 PM L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“What in the World Is Going On? A Global Intelligence Briefing”

October 7, 2014

Look beyond today’s headlines, and you will see a world that is more prosperous and more peaceful than most people are expecting. In this global overview, Herb Meyer – the Reagan Administration intelligence official who first predicted the Soviet Union’s collapse – will explain what really lies behind the current Middle East turmoil and why today so many countries are emerging from poverty and creating stable middle-class societies. Above all, he will outline the great challenges – and the great opportunities – that await students as they complete their education and head out into the world. In this return visit to Grand Rapids, Meyer will draw on his expertise to share insights into the world’s constantly changing geopolitical landscape.

This event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.

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10/8-Wheelhouse Talks — Cook Leadership Academy Alumni Panel

October 8 – 12:30 PM Seidman College of Business, Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Alumni Panel with Selma Tucker, Austin Dean, Allie Bush, Juliana Nahas-Viilo

October 8, 2014

A co-founder of Failure:Lab, a director of marketing and communications at Public Sector Consultants, a coordinator of communications at Varnum Consulting, and a public policy coordinator at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce: all young professionals, Grand Valley graduates, and Cook Leadership Academy alumni whose leadership has made its mark on Grand Rapids and across the state. Come gain new, fresh perspectives on leadership as these past fellows engage in a lively panel discussion about their experiences as young professionals and leaders.


Austin Dean, Co-Founder Failure:Lab, Director of Business Operations GR Current.
Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants
Juliana Nahas-Viilo, Communications Coordinator Varnum Consulting
Allie Bush, Public Policy Coordinator, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

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10/21-Coffee House Debates: Funding for Higher Education

October 21, 2014 – 1:30-2:45 PM Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Grand Rapids Campus

401 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Across the state and nation, there has hardly been a time when greater pressure has been put on our colleges and universities to fulfill a dizzying array of functions. The demands are many: Colleges must fulfill a commercial function, by producing job seekers with competitive degrees; a civic function, by contributing to a more engaged citizenry; a cognitive function, by teaching and modeling critical thought; a cultural function, by promoting cultural literacy and intercultural understanding; and a constructive function, by providing fertile ground for students to build themselves into autonomous individuals.

Tasked with addressing these needs head-on, universities and policy makers have to ask big questions about higher education in Michigan: How do we help students graduate on time? How can we make college affordable to wider demographics? And how can we ensure that our universities have the resources necessary to produce a better educated, innovative, and civically engaged citizenry? Two public policy experts—Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy; and Jarrett Skorup, policy analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy—will explore and debate these issues in search of actionable common ground.

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11/6-Francis Fukuyama — ‘Political Order and Political Decay’

November 6 – 7:00 PM, L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“Political Order and Political Decay” by Francis Fukuyama

November 6, 2014

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called volume one of Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order “magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.” In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as “a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time.” And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed “this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two.” Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, “Political Order and Political Decay” is an essential American conversation.

This event is in partnership with the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative.

Dr. Fukuyama’s book, Political Order and Political Decay, will be available for purchase and a book signing after the presentation.

Eventbrite - Political Order and Political Decay with Dr. Francis Fukuyama

11/12-Wheelhouse Talks — Barbara Pickut

November 12, 2014 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Barbara Pickut, Medical Director of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at the Hauenstein Neuroscience Center Mercy Health.

As Medical Director of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at The Hauenstein Neuroscience Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, and associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr. Barbara Pickut is a standout in the Grand Rapids medical, neuroscience, and academic communities. A graduate of the University of Michigan for her bachelors and masters degrees, with an M.D. from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, Dr. Pickut has completed thirty-eight clinical trials related to Parkinson’s Disease since 1992, co-founded the Belgian Movement Disorders Society, and studied the role of mindfulness and mind-body intervention in movement disorders. Come join us as Dr. Pickut speaks on her leadership experiences abroad, in the classroom, and in the medical community.

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12/10-H.W. Brands — ‘The Prez: Machiavelli Visits the White House’

December 10 – 7:00 PM, L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“The Prez: Machiavelli Visits the White House” with H.W. Brands

December, 10 2014

For centuries the name Machiavelli has been synonymous with amoral calculation in politics. No American president would ever want to be described as Machiavellian. Yet should the canny Florentine return to life and visit twenty-first century America, he would have some useful and surprising advice for America’s chief executive – advice that would say as much about America as about the country’s highest office. More information coming soon!

This event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.

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