11/18-11/19-Religion and the Presidency

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November 18-19, 2004
Religion, morals and values matter at home and they matter in politics. Twenty-two percent of Americans cited values as the primary reason they voted the way they did on November 2 — not the sluggish economy or the war in Iraq, but values.

Thursday, November 18

12 p.m. Registration
12:30 p.m. Introductory Remarks
Gleaves Whitney, director, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies
William D’Antonio (Catholic University), on the 2004 Election
1 p.m.- Panel 1, “The Early Presidents,” with panelists:
Gary Scott Smith (Grove City College) on Washington
Thomas Buckley, SJ (Jesuit School of Theology-Berkeley) on Jefferson
Philip Munoz (NC State University) on Madison
Lucas Morel (Washington and Lee University) on Lincoln
Moderator: John Pinheiro (Aquinas College)
3 p.m.- Panel 2, “The Modern Presidency I,” with panelists:
Elizabeth Spalding (Claremont-McKenna College) on Truman
Jack Holl (Kansas State University) on Eisenhower
Thomas J. Carty (Springfield College) on Kennedy
Moderator: Mark J. Rozell (George Mason University)
8 p.m. — Keynote Address by Dr. Paul Kengor at the Gerald R. Ford Museum Auditorium

Friday, November 19

8 a.m. – Panel 3, “The Modern Presidency II,” with panelists:
Jeff Walz (Concordia University) on Carter
Paul Kengor (Grove City College) on Reagan
James Penning (Calvin College) on Clinton
Moderator: Douglas Montagna (Grand Valley State University)
10 a.m. – Panel 4, “The George W. Bush Presidency,” with panelists:
Barbara Elliott (Center for American Renewal) on faith-based initiatives
Clyde Wilcox, Carin Larson (Georgetown University) on Religion & the Bush Presidency
Kevin R. den Dulk (Grand Valley State University) on Evangelicals and US Foreign Policy
Amy Black (Wheaton College), Doug Koopman (Calvin College), and David Ryden (Hope College) on faith-based initiatives
Moderator: Fred Beuttler (University of Illinois – Chicago)
11:30 a.m. – Lunch with H. L. Mencken — Presentation by historian and actor John Chalberg
12:30 p.m. – Panel 5, “Religion and the 2004 Election,” with panelists:
John K. White, William D’Antonio (Catholic University) on the Catholic Vote
John Green (University of Akron), Corwin Smidt (Calvin College) on the Evangelical Vote
Mark J. Rozell (George Mason University) on Bush and the Christian Right
Moderator: Kedron Bardwell (Grand Valley State University)

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Keynote Address by Dr. Paul Kengor

Afternoon Keynote by William D’Antonio

Panel I

Panel II

Panel III

Panel IV

Panel V

11/5-Theodore Roosevelt: Energy, Courage, Vision with Dr. John Chalberg

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November 5, 2004

One hundred years ago, one of the most dominant personalities in American History was elected to the Oval Office. Having already served the majority of a term following William McKinley’s assassination, Theodore Roosevelt defeated Alton B. Parker in an electoral landslide. A naturalistm historianm ranchman, soldier, and politician, TR had perhaps the most diverse interests of any president since Thomas Jefferson. His robust personality, his wide grin, and his pince-nez spectacles remain cemented in our collective memory today, and his accomplishments in officce earned him his place on Mount Rushmore beside Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln.

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10/20-Cold Warriors: US Presidents after the Second World War

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October 20, 2004

Thomas C. Reed discussed presidential politics of the Cold War Era.

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9/28-The 1932 Election and the Fall of Herbert Hoover – George Nash

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September 28, 2004

George Nash discussed Herbert Hoover and the 1932 Election.

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9/22-Andrew Jackson and the American Revolution – H.W. Brands

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September 22, 2004

Andrew Jackson and the American Revolution with H.W. Brands

As a part of Grand Valley’s Fall Arts Celebration, The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies presented H.W. Brands on Andrew Jackson and the American Revolution.

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8/19-Gerald R. Fords Most Courageous Decision: Pardoning Nixon

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August 19, 2004

Benton Becker discussed President Ford’s most controversial decision.

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8/3-Richard Nixon: Vietnam and Shame of Watergate

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August 3, 2004

John H. Taylor discussed the roots of our nation’s greatest scandal.

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6/15-Choosing the Next President: Pocketbook Predictions

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June 15, 2004

Patrick Anderson discussed how almost all past elections have been predicted by certain economic and insitutional factors, and especially by the “rational voter” economic model.

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4/15-William B. Allen – George Washington: On the Wrong Side of the Slavery Issue?

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April 15, 2004

George Washington’s legacy has endured “like a majestic oak in the middle of an orchard of cherry trees,” said Dr. William B. Allen, professor of political science at Michigan State University. But questions have arisen about Washington’s ethical consistency when it comes to slavery.
Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies brought Allen to Grand Rapids to discuss the controversies surrounding our 1st president.

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3/18-A Day with Eisenhower

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March 18, 2004

Lecture and Discussion
The Last Hero in the White House
H.W. Brands.

Keynote Address
The New Republican: Eisenhower after FDR
Donald E. Markle

Panel Discussion
Three Views of Eisenhower
Donald E. Markle
H.W. Brands
Gleaves Whitney

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2/26-Who was Herbert Hoover? The Political Odyssey of a Misunderstood Man

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February 26, 2004

George Nash to discussed ‘Who Was Herbert Hoover: The Political Odyssey of a Misunderstood Man.’ Nash’s discussion took place at 8 p.m. February 26 in the Gerald R. Ford Museum Auditorium. The event corresponded with the Gerald R. Ford Museum’s exhibit, ‘All That Jazz: America in the 1920s.’

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2/5-Calvin Coolidge: More than Two Words

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February 5, 2004

Blogs, Iraq and same-sex marriages were on the minds of presidential candidates and voters. Radio, prohibition and women voting were on the mind of Calvin Coolidge, as portrayed by actor Jim Cooke.

Grand Valley’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Ford Museum and Ford Foundation sponsored Cooke’s appearance at the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids on February 5 at 8 p.m. His performance was in conjunction with the 1920s exhibit currently at the Ford Museum.

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