On November 11, 2009

Dr. Steven Ealy, senior fellow at the Liberty Fund, Inc. addressed the November meeting of the Leadership Academy Fellows program. This luncheon address took place in the Meijer Regency Room at GVSU’s downtown campus. For more information, visit www.allpresidents.org

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On November 11, 2009 Dr. Steven Ealy, senior fellow at the Liberty Fund, Inc. addressed the November meeting of the Leadership Academy Fellows program.  This luncheon address took place in the Meijer Regency Room at GVSU’s downtown campus.  Brian Flanagan, program director of the Leadership Academy, welcomed the fellows to lunch.
Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center, introduced his friend and colleague Dr. Steven Ealy.
Dr. Ealy’s presentation offered the fellows a political analysis of Robert Penn Warren’s All the Kings Men. In particular he looked at the rise and fall of the novel’s protaganist, Governor Willie Stark.  By examining Stark’s populist rhetoric and appeal to the “hicks” and “red necks” of Louisiana, Ealy demonstrated that Stark initiated leadership from the ground up.  Unfortunately, even Governor Stark was not immune to machine politics and corruption.  Before Stark’s assassination at the end of the novel, he falls prey to many of the same temptations and mistakes of his predecessors.  Dr. Ealy’s thesis was that when one values politics as the highest good in one’s life, it commonly results in idolatry and corruption.

Leadership Fellow Lucius Hawkins listens to Dr. Ealy’s presentation.
Dr. Ealy visits with Gleaves and Col. Hauenstein over lunch.
 
Leadership Fellow Jim Bonovich talks about his military service with Col. Hauenstein before lunch. 

Col. Ralph Hauenstein visits with Leadership Fellow Brenden Sieraveld and guest Emily Asbenson.

Dr. Ealy talks with Leadership Fellow Sam Johnson after his presentation to the Academy.

Gleaves and Dr. Ealy pause for a photo at the end of the luncheon and prese

 

Updated 1/27/2014

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