12/12-Bernard Taylor on Leadership

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December 12, 2007

The Hauenstein Center’s Leadership Academy Class of 2007-08 met for their fourth meeting on December 12, 2007. Bernard Taylor, superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, spoke to the group.

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11/8-Remember the Crossings – Verene A. Shepherd

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November 8, 2007

Verene A. Shepherd spoke on “Slavery, Shame, and Pride: Commemoration and Symbolic Decolonization in the Caribbean,” on Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m. in Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium.
Shepherd presented Grand Valley’s final lecture in the “Remembering the Crossings” series, which promoted awareness of 2007 as the bicentennial of the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. She organized numerous conferences on Caribbean history and has received nine scholarships and grants, including a Scouloudi Foundation Historical Award.

Shepherd is president of the Association of Caribbean Historians and chair of the board of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and chair of the Jamaica National Bicentenary Committee. She received her doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1988, and is a professor of social history at the University of West Indies, Mona.

Shepherd’s book, published in 2007, is I Want to Disturb My Neighbor: Lectures on Slavery, Emancipation and Post-Colonial Jamaica. She is editor of Freedom Delayed and co-author, with Hilary Beckles, of Trading Souls: Europe’s Transatlantic Trade in Africans and Saving Souls: The Struggle to End the Transatlantic Trade in Africans, all published in 2007 to mark the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Trade in Africans. Her current research interests focus on Jamaican economic history, Caribbean women’s history, and migration studies.

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10/24-Scholar in Residence: Richard Norton Smith – Day 4

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October 24, 2007

11 a.m. – Meijer Regency Room, GVSU: The Odd Couple: Hoover and Truman
7:30 p.m. – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum: Gerald Ford of Michigan

Award-winning presidential historian Richard Norton Smith visited Grand Rapids as a Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Scholar-in-Residence.
Smith gave seven talks on American presidents from October 21-24. The first six speeches were held at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The final lecture was at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

“There’s no excuse for a dull book, a dull museum or a dull speech, especially when dealing with history — the most fascinating subject I know,” said Smith.

Smith’s accounts of presidential history have made him a familiar face to viewers of C-SPAN, as well as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where he appears regularly as part of the show’s round table of historians. As founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and before that as director of the Hoover, Eisenhower, Reagan and Ford libraries, Smith has introduced millions of visitors to a history rarely, if ever, glimpsed in textbooks.

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The Odd Couple: Hoover and Truman

Gerald Ford of Michigan

10/23-Scholar in Residence: Richard Norton Smith – Day 3

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October 23, 2007

11 a.m. – Loosemore Auditorium: Three for Virginia: Jefferson, Madison and Monroe
2 p.m. – Loosemore Auditorium: Calvin, We Hardly Knew Ye

Award-winning presidential historian Richard Norton Smith visited Grand Rapids as a Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Scholar-in-Residence.
Smith gave seven talks on American presidents from October 21-24. The first six speeches were held at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The final lecture was at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

“There’s no excuse for a dull book, a dull museum or a dull speech, especially when dealing with history — the most fascinating subject I know,” said Smith.

Smith’s accounts of presidential history have made him a familiar face to viewers of C-SPAN, as well as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where he appears regularly as part of the show’s round table of historians. As founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and before that as director of the Hoover, Eisenhower, Reagan and Ford libraries, Smith has introduced millions of visitors to a history rarely, if ever, glimpsed in textbooks.

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Three for Virginia: Jefferson, Madison and Monroe

Calvin, We Hardly Knew Ye

10/22-Scholar in Residence: Richard Norton Smith – Day 2

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October 22, 2007

11 a.m. – Loosemore Auditorium: Like Father, Like Son: The Adamses of Massachusetts
2 p.m. – Loosemore Auditorium: Presidential Lies

Award-winning presidential historian Richard Norton Smith visited Grand Rapids as a Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Scholar-in-Residence.
Smith gave seven talks on American presidents from October 21-24. The first six speeches were held at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The final lecture was at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

“There’s no excuse for a dull book, a dull museum or a dull speech, especially when dealing with history — the most fascinating subject I know,” said Smith.

Smith’s accounts of presidential history have made him a familiar face to viewers of C-SPAN, as well as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where he appears regularly as part of the show’s round table of historians. As founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and before that as director of the Hoover, Eisenhower, Reagan and Ford libraries, Smith has introduced millions of visitors to a history rarely, if ever, glimpsed in textbooks.

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Like Father, Like Son: The Adamses of Massachusetts

Presidential Lies

10/21-Scholar in Residence: Richard Norton Smith – Day 1

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October 21-24, 2007

Award-winning presidential historian Richard Norton Smith visited Grand Rapids as a Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Scholar-in-Residence.
Smith gave seven talks on American presidents from October 21-24. The first six speeches were held at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The final lecture was at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

“There’s no excuse for a dull book, a dull museum or a dull speech, especially when dealing with history — the most fascinating subject I know,” said Smith.

Smith’s accounts of presidential history have made him a familiar face to viewers of C-SPAN, as well as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where he appears regularly as part of the show’s round table of historians. As founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and before that as director of the Hoover, Eisenhower, Reagan and Ford libraries, Smith has introduced millions of visitors to a history rarely, if ever, glimpsed in textbooks.

Schedule of events:

Sunday, October 21
Loosemore Auditorium: Presidents at War. (There is a $10 charge to attend this event. Students under 25 with student ID and driver’s license get in free. All other events are free.)

Monday, October 22
11 a.m. – Loosemore Auditorium: Like Father, Like Son: The Adamses of Massachusetts
2 p.m. – Loosemore Auditorium: Presidential Lies

Tuesday, October 23
11 a.m. – Loosemore Auditorium: Three for Virginia: Jefferson, Madison and Monroe
2 p.m. – Loosemore Auditorium: Calvin, We Hardly Knew Ye

Wednesday, October 24
11 a.m. – Meijer Regency Room, GVSU: The Odd Couple: Hoover and Truman
7:30 p.m. – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum: Gerald Ford of Michigan

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9/19-George Nash – GVSU’s 3rd annual Constitution Day

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September 19, 2007

Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies commemorated the birth of the U.S. Constitution. In a two-day celebration, the center honored the legacy of the framers of the Constitution and teach about the responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship.

On Wednesday, September 19, the “Father of the Constitution” himself — James Madison — rook part in the festivities. John Douglas Hall, a historian and character interpreter from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, portrayed Madison in a presentation at 5 p.m. in Grand Valley’s Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. He has taken his act all over the country over the last 25 years.

On Thursday, September 20, at 4 p.m., historian George Nash visited Grand Valley’s Loosemore Auditorium to talk about America’s founding fathers and the books that influenced their work.

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5/31-TR In Michigan – Theodore & Tweed Roosevelt

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May 31, 2007

The great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt visited Grand Valley State University and the Michigan Legislature.

Tweed Roosevelt came Michigan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous trip to Michigan in May 1907. Arriving in Lansing 100 years ago this month, Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to address the Michigan Legislature.
In commemoration of this landmark, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley partnered with the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries and the office of Michigan Sen. Cameron Brown to bring Tweed Roosevelt to Michigan May 30 and 31.
Roosevelt gave a public address May 31, at 7 p.m., in Loosemore Auditorium. He discussed Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing 1913 trek down the River of Doubt in Brazil — a journey Tweed Roosevelt retraced almost 80 years later.

As part of the commemoration, Roosevelt, along with best-selling TR biographer H.W. Brands, gave talks in the Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing, and a Theodore Roosevelt character interpreter read TR’s 1907 speech to the Michigan Senate.

4/19-H.W. Brands – Franklin Roosevelt: The Life and Times

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April 19, 2007

Award-winning presidential historian H. W. Brands visited Grand Rapids to discuss his book, titled “Franklin D. Roosevelt: His Life and Times.” The author of books on Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, and now Franklin Roosevelt,wrote an authentic history of the United States in biography.

Brands spoke Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids.

The event was hosted by Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum.

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3/13-Bill Barker – Meet Thomas Jefferson

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March 13, 2007

The Hauenstein Center brought Thomas Jefferson out to “northwestern Virginia” (which would become Michigan) on March 12th and 13th, 2007.  Colonial Williamsburg’s Bill Barker is the best character interpreter of Jefferson there is, and for two days he wowed audiences in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and East Lansing.  Participating in the Grand Rapids leg of the event were the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and Remembering the Crossings.

http://hauensteincenter.org/media-gallery-meet-thomas-jefferson/

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2/20-American Conversations: Robert Caro

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February 20, 2007

The Hauenstein Center brought two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Robert A. Caro to Grand Rapids for an event co-hosted by the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum for a President’s Day celebration held on February 20, 2007.

http://hauensteincenter.org/robert-caro-lyndon-johnson-the-roots-of-a-presidency/

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