12/12-Presidential Powers and the Bush Administration – Panel III

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December 12, 2008

Gleaves Whitney participated in the third panel of the Hauenstein Center’s Bush legacy conference in Washington, D.C. The panel explored “Presidential Powers and the Bush Legacy.”

Gleaves Whitney became director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies in 2003. Prior to his arrival at Grand Valley, Gleaves worked 11 years in Michigan Governor John Engler’s administration, serving as senior writer, chief speechwriter, and historian.

In addition to his public work, Gleaves is a scholar who writes and lectures nationally on a variety of historical topics. He is author or editor of 13 books including most recently (with Mark Rozell) Religion and the American Presidency and Religion and the Bush Presidency. Other books include American Presidents: Farewell Addresses to the Nation, 1796-2001; John Engler: The Man, the Leader & the Legacy; and 6 volumes of Messages of the Governors of Michigan. Another book on the Bush presidency is forthcoming.

Gleaves is a senior scholar at the Center for the American Idea in Houston, Texas, and he is the first senior fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and journals.

Gleaves graduated with honors from Colorado State University (1980), was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society (1980), and was a Fulbright scholar in Germany (1984-85). His master’s degree and doctoral candidacy were at the University of Michigan, where he was a Richard M. Weaver fellow (1987-88) and an H. B. Earhart Fellow (1988-91). He has taught at the University of Michigan, Droste-Hulshof Gymnasium, Colorado State University, and Grand Valley State University. In 2006, he received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Graduate Theological Union (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology), Berkeley, California.

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12/12-Presidential Powers and the Bush Administration – Panel II

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December 12, 2008

Mark Rozell and Mitch Sollenberger participated in the second panel of the Hauenstein Center’s Bush legacy conference in Washington, D.C. The panel explored “Presidential Powers and the Bush Administration.”

Dr. Mark Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University, writes on the presidency, religion and politics, and conservatism. He has authored and edited numerous books, including Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy, and Accountability.

Dr. Mitch Sollenberger, assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, writes on the Supreme Court and separation of powers. He is author of The President Shall Nominate: How Congress Trumps Executive Power.

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12/12-Presidential Powers and the Bush Administration – Luncheon

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December 12, 2008

Kasey Pipes, former speech writer for President George W. Bush, delivered a luncheon address at the Hauenstein Center’s Bush Legacy conference in Washington, D.C. Pipes spoke on “The Challenging Times and Tough Choices of President George W. Bush.”

Kasey S. Pipes is an author and biographer. His first book, “Ike’s Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality,” was released in February 2007 by World Ahead Publishing and became an Amazon.com national bestseller. The Wall Street Journal praised the book as a “highly readable and credible account of Eisenhower’s struggle with race and civil rights” and George F. Will called it a “mind-opening book.” Kasey’s political writings have appeared in Politico, Realclearpolitics.com and World Magazine. And he is now a special contributor to The Dallas Morning News.

Previously, Kasey spent ten years in politics as a communications and policy advisor. In 2006, he served as chief campaign speechwriter to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prior to that, he served President George W. Bush for five years. In 1999, he began writing speeches for the Bush for President Campaign. From 2001-03 he wrote speeches in the Bush White House. And in 2004, he was chief author of the National Republican Party Platform.

Before joining President Bush’s staff, Kasey served as senior legislative assistant and director of communications for Congresswoman Kay Granger. He began his career as a college intern in the California office of former President Ronald Reagan.

Throughout his career, Kasey has written speeches and provided policy advice for other public figures including Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Bob Dole, Commerce Secretary Don Evans and Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman.

http://hauensteincenter.org/bush-challenging-times-tough-choices/

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12/12-Presidential Powers and the Bush Administration – Keynote

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December 12, 2008

Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, introduced speaker Dr. J. Rufus Fears to an audience gathered at the Library of Congress, on Capitol Hill, for the opening keynote address of the “Bush Legacy and Lessons” conference. Dr. Fears is the David Ross Boyd Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches courses on the ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as a survey course on the history of liberty in the West. Dr. Fears also has a substantial following based on his best selling audio courses published by the Teaching Company on topics ranging from the ancient Roman republic, to a biographical history of Winston Churchill.

Professor J. Rufus Fears keynoted the Hauenstein Center’s Bush legacy conference at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Professor Fears spoke on “President George W. Bush, Economic Crisis, and the Lessons of History.”

J. Rufus Fears is David Ross Boyd Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty. Professor Fears earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University and is a fellow of many distinguished organizations, such as the American Academy in Rome, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His research has been supported by institutions such as the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Before taking his post at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Fears held teaching positions at Indiana University, where he rose from assistant professor to full professor, and Boston University, where he served as Chair of the Department of Classical Studies. Professor Fears is the author of four books, including The Cult of Virtues and Roman Imperial Ideology, and has published a three-volume edition of Selected Writings of Lord Acton, the great British historian of liberty. He has also published more than 100 articles and reviews, and other writings on ancient history, the history of liberty, and the lessons of history for our own day.

12/3-Hilary Snell on Leadership

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December 3, 2008

Hilary Snell, attorney and former managing partner at Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, spoke at the December 2008 meeting of the Hauenstein Center’s Peter Cook Leadership Academy.

http://hauensteincenter.org/meeting-of-the-leadership-academy-9/

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11/23-The First Thing You’ll Notice About Leaders

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November 23, 2009

Hauenstein Center Director Gleaves Whitney spoke at the induction ceremony for Grand Valley’s chapter of the National Leadership Honor Society (Omicron Delta Kappa). He spoke about “The First Thing You’ll Notice About Leaders.”

Gleaves Whitney became director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies in 2003. Prior to his arrival at Grand Valley, Gleaves worked 11 years in Michigan Governor John Engler’s administration, serving as senior writer, chief speechwriter, and historian.

In addition to his public work, Gleaves is a scholar who writes and lectures nationally on a variety of historical topics. He is author or editor of 13 books including most recently (with Mark Rozell) Religion and the American Presidency and Religion and the Bush Presidency. Other books include American Presidents: Farewell Addresses to the Nation, 1796-2001; John Engler: The Man, the Leader & the Legacy; and 6 volumes of Messages of the Governors of Michigan. Another book on the Bush presidency is forthcoming.

http://hauensteincenter.org/the-first-thing-youll-notice-about-leaders

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11/14-Bush’s Domestic Policies

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November 14, 2008

Dr. Andrew Busch’s paper was excerpted by Austin Knuppe in the second panel of the Hauenstein Center’s conference, “George W. Bush: Legacy & Lessons.” The panel explored “The Bush Administration: Process & Policies,” and Busch’s paper focused on “The Domestic Policy Agenda.”

Dr. Andrew Busch is a professor in the government department at Claremont McKenna College, where he is also the associate dean of faculty. He author of eigh books, including most recently, “Reagan’s Victory: The Presidential Election of 1980 and the Rise of the Right” (University Press of Kansas, 2005). In 2007, Dr. Busch received a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship for the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. Prior to his career at Claremont McKenna College, Dr. Busch held teaching positions at the University of Denver and University of Virginia. While at the University of Denver, he received the Teacher-Scholar of the Year Award. Dr. Busch received a B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia.

http://hauensteincenter.org/bushs-domestic-policies/

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11/14-State of the National Security State

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November 14, 2008

Brian Flanagan participated in the second panel of the Hauenstein Center’s conference, “George W. Bush: Legacy & Lessons.” The panel explored “The Bush Administration: Process and Policies,” and Flanagan presented a paper on “The State of the National Security State.”

Brian Flanagan is associate director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University. With Gleaves Whitney and staff, he has helped organize more than one-hundred public programs, including two national conferences covered by C-SPAN, one debate web cast live to more than 3,500 viewers in eighteen countries, and another watched on YouTube by more than 40 thousand people on six continents. He has developed the Center’s presence online, with a traditional website that has attracted 10 million hits, and a “Hauenstein Center Everywhere” campaign that brought the Hauenstein Center to YouTube, Wikipedia, Blogger, Flickr, Facebook, and MySpace.

In 2008, Brian and a Hauenstein Center team were awarded a Mawby Fellowship to explore the connection between philanthropy and the American presidency. In 2007, he was appointed to the Michigan Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee, a two-year effort charged with providing leadership and direction for Michigan’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. He also served as a Teaching and Learning Resources advisor for the National Endowment for the Humanities and was selected as a 2007 class member by Leadership Grand Rapids, a community leadership program by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids and the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

During the 2004-05 academic year, Brian helped establish the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy, the Hauenstein Center’s leadership training program. He has conducted research at four presidential libraries, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas, the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Jimmy Carter Library in Atlanta, Georgia, and the George H. W. Bush Library in College Station, Texas.

Flanagan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003, where he studied English literature, composition, and history. He is currently a Master’s candidate in Grand Valley’s School of Public and Nonprofit Administration.

http://hauensteincenter.org/state-of-the-national-security-state/

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11/14-Bush’s Staff & Cabinet

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November 14, 2008

Dr. Charles Walcott participated in the second panel of the Hauenstein Center’s conference, “George W. Bush: Legacy & Lessons.” The panel explored “The Bush Administration: Process and Policies,” and Dr. Walcott presented a paper on “The Bush Staff and Cabinet System.”

Dr. Charles Walcott is professor of political science at Virginia Tech University, where he has been teaching since 1989. He has written or edited five books, including most recently “Empowering the White House: Nixon, Ford, and Carter” (University Press of Kansas, 2004), co-authored with Karen M. Hult. Since July 2001, Professor Walcott has been an editor of “Congress and the Presidency,” an interdisciplinary journal of research in political science and history. Professor Walcott has also won several awards for excellence in teaching, including a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Virginia Tech College of Arts and Sciences in 2003. Before coming to Virginia Tech, Professor Walcott had a distinguished teaching career at the University of Minnesota. He is a graduate of Occidental College and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

http://hauensteincenter.org/bushs-staff-cabinet/

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11/14-Presidential Powers Q & A

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November 14, 2008

Louis Fisher, Dale Herspring, and Mitch Sellenberger participated in the first panel of the Hauenstein Center’s conference, “George W. Bush: Legacy & Lessons.” The panel explored “Presidential Power and the Bush Presidency.” Papers included Fisher’s “Bush and the War Power,” Herspring’s “Bush as Commander-in-chief,” and Sollenberger’s “Bush and Presidential Secrecy.”

http://hauensteincenter.org/presidential-powers-q-a/

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11/14-Evolution of the Bush Presidency

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November 14, 2008

John Burke, professor of political science at Vermont University, delivered a morning keynote address at the Hauenstein Center’s Conference, “George W. Bush: Legacy & Lessons.” Professor Burke spoke on the evolution of the Bush presidency.

Professor John P. Burke specializes in American politics, the American presidency, and ethics and public affairs. He has published numerous articles and eight books. Currently in press publication is a new study of the president’s national security advisor: Honest Broker? The National Security Advisor and Presidential Decision Making, Texas A&M University Press. Another area of recent and on-going research is on presidential transitions to office. Professor Burke has published a number of articles on presidential transitions and two books: Becoming President: The Bush Transition 2000-2003 and Presidential Transitions: From Politics to Practice, which focuses on the Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton transitions and early presidencies. Both are published by Lynne Rienner Publishers (www.rienner..com). In addition, he is the author/co-author of The Institutional Presidency: Organizing and Managing the White House from FDR to Bill Clinton (2000); Advising Ike: The Memoirs of Attorney General Herbert Brownell (1993); The Institutional Presidency (1992); How Presidents Test Reality: Decisions on Vietnam 1954 and 1965 (1989); and Bureaucratic Responsibility (1986). His book, How Presidents Test Reality, won the 1990 Richard Neustadt Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book on the American presidency. He has served on the editorial board of Public Administration Review and as a member of the executive committee of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association. From 1991-1995 he was the chairperson of the political science department at UVM. He received his AB from Stanford University (1975) and his MA and PhD (1982) degrees from Princeton University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

http://hauensteincenter.org/evolution-of-the-bush-presidency-2/

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11/12-Russ Mawby on Education & Leadership

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November 12, 2008

Russell Mawby, former president and CEO of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, spoke at the November meeting of the Hauenstein Center’s Peter Cook Leadership Academy.

Russell G. Mawby, Ph.D. has earned a global reputation as a visionary leader in philanthropy. He led the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for 25 years, during which he was credited for creativity in programming by providing opportunities for youth and leadership in the field.

Mawby attended Michigan State University and graduated with a baccalaureate degree in horticulture. In 1951 he completed his Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, and in 1959 he received his doctorate, also in Agricultural Economics, from Michigan State University. Mawby served on the faculties of both institutions once he completed his degrees and later became a professor and assistant director of the Cooperative Extension Service responsible for 4-H Clubs and youth programming throughout Michigan.

In December 1964, upon the completion of his doctorate degree, Mawby joined the staff of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as director of the Division of Agriculture. In that position, he developed the Michigan Agricultural Leadership Program, which became a model for the national rural leadership movement. Just three years later he was promoted to vice president and in 1970 became the president and chief executive officer. Under his guidance, the Kellogg Foundation became the national leader in providing support and funding for innovative programs in a number of fields including adult continuing education, access to primary health care, and the development of leadership, especially through the Kellogg National Fellowship Program. Additionally, he spearheaded projects throughout the United States of America, Europe, and Latin America. Upon Mawby’s retirement in 1995, he served as a foundation trustee until 2000 and currently serves as an honorary trustee.

http://hauensteincenter.org/russ-mawby-on-education-leadership/

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11/5-Peter Wege on Leadership

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November 5, 2008

Peter Wege, an environmental leader and founder of the Wege Foundation, spoke at a special meeting of the Hauenstein Center’s Peter Cook Leadership Academy.

http://hauensteincenter.org/meeting-of-the-leadership-academy-7/

10/30-Mock Presidential Election Roundup

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October 30, 2008

Hauenstein Center Director Gleaves Whitney spoke about voting and the 2008 presidential election at Riverside Middle School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The school’s social studies teacher Dan Reed – also a fellow in the Hauenstein Center’s Cook Leadership Academy – organized Riverside’s mock presidential election and assembly.

http://hauensteincenter.org/mock-presidential-election-roundup/

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10/28-Election ’08′s Impact on Michigan

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October 28, 2008

Election ’08′s Impact on Michigan: Energy, the Environment, and the Economy

Grand Valley’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and Michigan Radio hosted a panel discussion examining the policies of the presidential candidates and how they will impact Michigan. Experts on the environment, energy, and the economy were joined by advocates for the Obama and McCain campaigns to help explain their views in these important areas.

The panel was moderated by Jack Lessenberry. Mr. Jack Lessenberry is Michigan Radios senior political analyst. His Essays and Interviews can be heard each weekday on the station between 1 and 2 p.m. during Day to Day. Mr. Lessenberry’s resume boasts nearly thirty years of journalism experience. He has worked as a foreign correspondent and executive national editor of The Detroit News, during which time he reported from more than forty countries. His writing has appeared in such national publications as Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. He is a contributing editor and consultant for many other newspapers.

This segment includes words from Gleaves Whitney, Dustin Dwyer, and Paul Isely.

Dr. Gleaves Whitney is the first full-time director of Grand Valley’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. The creator of the Ask Gleaves column on the American presidency, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colorado State University, did graduate work in history at the University of Michigan, was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and received an honorary doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is a member of the Michigan Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee, a senior scholar at the Center for the American Idea, and a senior fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal. Dr. Whitney is author or editor of 13 books including, most recently (with Mark Rozell), Religion and the American Presidency and Religion and the Bush Presidency. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and journals.

Prior to his arrival at Grand Valley, Dr. Whitney worked 11 years in Michigan Governor John Engler’s administration, serving as senior writer, chief speechwriter, and historian.

Mr. Dustin Dwyer is a news reporter and producer for Michigan Radio. Mr. Dwyer began his public radio career as an intern for NPRs Talk of the Nation program. He has worked at Michigan Radio since 2005, first as a producer for the Jack Lessenberry Show, and then as a reporter. For the past several years, Mr. Dwyer has covered the automotive and business beats for the station, and his reports on the auto industry and Michigans economy can frequently be heard on NPR stations across the country, as well as Michigan Radio. Mr. Dwyer is about to embark on a new phase of his Michigan Radio career, as he has just been named the stations new West Michigan reporter.

Dr. Paul Isely is associate professor of economics in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Isely, who holds a dual B.S. in physics and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University, joined the Grand Valley faculty in 1995. Dr. Isely teaches courses on environmental economics, business cycles and growth, and economic modeling.

Dr. Isely’s research interests have led to numerous articles and reports about West Michigan’s economy and its relationship to the national and state economies, and about renewable energy sources and traditional energy pricing. His academic publications have focused on firm and government interaction. Recent publications have explored a firms ability to create new innovations and Grand Rapids recycling. He has also consulted on several projects to the Annis Water Resources Institute, aimed at providing economic information to assist local decision makers.

http://hauensteincenter.org/election-08s-impact-on-michigan/

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10/16-Declaration of Energy Independence

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October 16, 2008

Freedom from foreign oil, according to Jay Hakes, will improve national security, the economy, and our environment.

Jay Hakes, author of “A Declaration of Energy Independence,” spoke to a Hauenstein Center audience in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 16, 2008. He has serves as director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum since June of 2000. An alumnus of the Carter administration, Hakes spent most of his time there as an assistant to Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus. After his service in the White House, Hakes held numerous positions under Florida Governor Bob Graham, including director of the Governor’s Energy Office, deputy chief of staff, and chief of staff. During the 1990s, Hakes headed the highly regarded Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has testified before congressional committees more than 25 times and has appeared in national print and electronic media on numerous occasions to discuss energy issues. Formerly a professor of political science at the University of New Orleans, Hakes holds a Ph.D. from Duke University.

http://hauensteincenter.org/declaration-of-energy-independence/

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10/9-Economic Crisis: Causes & Cures

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October 9, 2008

L. William Seidman is the chief commentator on cable network’s CNBC-TV and publisher of “Bank Director” magazine. He is also one of the principal founders of Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where the Seidman College of Business was named in honor of his father. Mr. Seidman is a consultant to numerous organizations, including the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, The World Bank, BDO Seidman, The Capital Group and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Fiserv, Inc. and US Order, Inc. Prior to that, he served as the fourteenth chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1985 to 1991. He became the first chairman of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) in 1989 and served until 1991. During his tenure at the FDIC, the agency handled over one thousand bank failures and took over the administration of the insurance fund of the S&L industry. While at the RTC, he supervised the creation of an 8,000 person agency handling over $400 billion in assets from failed S&Ls. He brought to the position a record of accomplishments as a businessman, educator and public servant.

At the time of his Presidential appointment, he was completing his third year as Dean of the College of Business at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, one of America’s largest business colleges. When he left, the Seidman Institute of Research was created in his honor. While in Arizona, he was chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Interstate Banking and wrote a business column for the Phoenix Gazette.

Seidman was President Gerald Ford’s Assistant for Economic Affairs from 1974 to 1977. He also served as co-chair of the White House Conference on Productivity for President Reagan in 1983 and 1984.

On the business side of his career, Seidman was vice-chairman and chief financial officer of the Phelps Dodge Company (a Fortune 500 company) from 1977 to 1982. He was a managing partner of Seidman and Seidman, Certified Public Accountants (now BDO Seidman) from 1968-1974.

As an educator, he is known as the father of Grand Valley State University. He is also founder of The Washington Campus, a consortium of 15 universities organized to help students and corporate executives understand operations of the White House, the Congress and the regulatory agencies. Seidman is author of two books “Productivity: The American Advantage” (with Steven L. Shancke) and “Full Faith and Credit”.

Seidman holds an A.B. from Dartmouth (Phi Beta Kappa), and LL.B. from Harvard Law School and is an honors graduate with an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He served in the United States Navy from 1942-1946 earning battle stars and the Bronze Star Medal.

http://hauensteincenter.org/economic-crisis-causes-cures/

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10/8-Elaine Didier on Leadership

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October 8, 2008

Elaine Didier, director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, spoke at the second meeting of the Hauenstein Center’s Peter Cook Leadership Academy.

http://hauensteincenter.org/meeting-of-the-leadership-academy-6/

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10/8-Surviving the Financial Meltdown

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October 8, 2008

Dr. Gregg Dimkoff, professor of finance in Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business, spoke about the current financial meltdown.

How did we get in this mess? Dr. Dimkoff looked at the culpability of the Federal Reserve, lenders, borrowers, speculators, the Community Reinvestment Act, bond rating agencies, bond insurers, Wall Street, and the U.S. Congress. What has the federal government done to stabilize the economy? What will the meltdown cost citizens? What’s ahead? What can we do, as individuals, to survive? Dr. Dimkoff answered these questions and more.

http://hauensteincenter.org/surviving-the-financial-meltdown/

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9/26-Lincoln & Douglas: The Debates That Defined America

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September 26, 2008

On September 26, 2008, the Hauenstein Center hosted a talk by Professor Allen Guelzo on his recent book: “Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America.”

Professor Allen Guelzo teaches history — with special emphasis on the American Civil War — at Gettysburg College. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Div. from Philadelphia Theological Seminary, and an honorary doctorate in history from Lincoln College in Illinois. He has won numerous teaching awards.

Professor Guelzo is one of the greatest minds working today on the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. In 2000, his book, “Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President,” won both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize. In 2005, his book, “Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America,” won both prizes again, making him the first double Lincoln Laureate in the history of both prizes. His work, “Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America,” was released to great acclaim in February 2008.

http://hauensteincenter.org/lincoln-douglas-the-debates-that-defined-america

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9/18-Democracy’s Challenge: Reclaiming the Public Role

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September 18, 2008

E. J. Dionne is a twice-weekly columnist for the Washington Post, writing on national policy and politics. Before joining The Post in 1990 as a political reporter, he spent 14 years at The New York Times, covering local, state, and national politics, and also served as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Rome and Beirut. Dionne began his column for The Post in 1993.”Democracy’s Challenge: Reclaiming the Public’s Role”
Presented by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and Advocates for Senior Issues, with a grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

He is a university professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. Dionne has been a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, ABC’s “This Week,” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” His book Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. He is author or editor of ten books, including Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right (2008), Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004), Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America (1998), and They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era (1996).

http://hauensteincenter.org/democracys-challenge-reclaiming-the-public-role/

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9/17-McCain or Obama? Michigan Debates Decision 2008

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September 17, 2008

Barack Obama or John McCain? The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University hosted a Michigan debate about decision 2008.

MEET THE DEBATERS:

Rusty Hills, a veteran Republican politician and educator, is communications director for Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. Hills has spent the better part of two decades in public service and politics. He was twice elected unanimously as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, and he served ten years as one of Governor John Engler’s chief lieutenants. Hills teaches at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Buzz Thomas, a Democratic State Senator from Detroit, has served for more than a decade in the Michigan legislature, and has held leadership positions in both houses. Thomas, in his second term in the Senate, was recently elected Democratic Floor Leader by his colleagues. A ranking member on important committees, Thomas has established himself as a leader in the fields of energy, technology, health policy, and urban development.

Rick Albin, political reporter for WOOD-TV 8 and and host of the show “To The Point,” moderated.

http://hauensteincenter.org/mccain-or-obama-michigan-debates-decision-2008/

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9/14-Dr. Thomas J. Haas on Leaderhip

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September 14, 2008

Dr. Thomas J. Haas, president of Grand Valley State University, spoke at the first meeting of the Hauenstein Center’s Peter Cook Leadership Academy.

http://hauensteincenter.org/meeting-of-the-leadership-academy-5/

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9/14-Election 2008: A Pivotal Race

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September 14, 2008

Hauenstein Center Director Gleaves Whitney discussed the 2008 presidential election.

All elections are about change and continuity — a lot more continuity than people think. But what makes election 2008 unique? Taking the long historical view, presidential historian Gleaves Whitney made seven observations about this election.

http://hauensteincenter.org/election-2008-a-pivotal-race/

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9/5-Leadership Academy Opening Retreat

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September 5, 2008

Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, spoke at the opening retreat of the Center’s Peter Cook Leadership Academy. He walked this year’s class of leadership fellows through an exercise focused on Plato’s story of the Ring of Geiges.

Peter Cook Leadership Academy
Effective, virtuous leadership benefits from an academic foundation and practical guidance. The Hauenstein Center’s Peter Cook Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for aspiring public servants, combines insight from scholars with training from professionals. Leadership fellows gather monthly over lunch to meet with national, state, and local leaders and to discuss leadership principles. A syllabus of readings — mining the best leadership studies and presidential biographies — enriches discussion and advances understanding.

Cook leadership fellows who take part in the Center’s activities encounter a rich array of opportunities. In the past three years, they have been face-to-face with three U.S. presidents, one vice president, three secretaries of state, several senators and members of Congress, two Michigan governors, multiple Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, one Grammy Award winner, one national championship basketball coach, and the world’s most decorated academic — holder of 150 honorary degrees.

http://hauensteincenter.org/leadership-academy-opening-retreat/

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8/4-Gerald Ford: A Hero & Leader

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August 4, 2008

Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, spoke to the summer meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State about Former President Gerald R. Ford.

http://hauensteincenter.org/gerald-ford-a-hero-leader/

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6/25-America on the Road to Defeat: An Election Without Foreign Policy

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June 25, 2008

Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit and author of three New York Times bestselling books, talked about the ten foreign policy questions that John McCain and Barack Obama must answer.

In this video, Elaine Didier welcomed a capacity audience to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids Michigan. Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, introduced the topic of the evening and the speaker. He made the point that Scheuer, an adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University, is emminently qualified to discuss American national security, foreign policy, and the 2008 presidential election.

Scheuer has written three books, including “Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror”; “Through Our Enemies’ Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America”; and “Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq.”

http://hauensteincenter.org/america-on-the-road-to-defeat-an-election-without-foreign-policy/

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6/12-Gerald Ford’s Leadership

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June 12, 2008

Hauenstein Center director Gleaves Whitney talked about the leadership of President Gerald Ford.

http://hauensteincenter.org/gerald-fords-leadership/

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5/6-Why George Washington Matters

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May 6, 2008

Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center, spoke to the Rotary Club about the Hauenstein Center, Ralph Hauenstein, and why George Washington matters.

http://hauensteincenter.org/why-george-washington-matters/

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4/28-The Electoral College: An Election Year Debate

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April 24, 2008

Gary Gregg (University of Louisville) and Burdett Loomis (Kansas University) debated the virtues of the United States electoral college at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.

http://hauensteincenter.org/the-electoral-college-an-election-year-debate/

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4/8-Atz Kilcher

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April 8, 2008

Singer and songwriter Atz Kilcher, the son of Swiss immigrants and father of pop star Jewel, talked and sang about growing up and raising a family on an Alaska homestead.

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4/6-Chico Daniels on Leadership

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April 6, 2008

Rev. Chico Daniels, now president of Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan, addressed the Hauenstein Center Leadership Academy in April 2008. At the time of his presentation, Rev. Daniels was president of the Guiding Light Mission.

http://hauensteincenter.org/chico-daniels-on-leadership/

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4/3-Hitchens vs. Hitchens: Faith, Politics & War

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April 3, 2008

Brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens debated the Iraq War and religion at an event organized by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies with support from the Center for Inquiry and the Interfaith Dialogue Association.

http://hauensteincenter.org/hitchens-vs-hitchens-faith-politics-war/

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3/17-Road Scholars: Sam Goodyear on John Adams

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March 17, 2008

Sam Goodyear, actor and John Adams character interpreter, answered the Hauenstein Center’s questions about the second president of the United States.

http://hauensteincenter.org/road-scholars-sam-goodyear-on-john-adams/

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3/10-H.W. Brands – Scholar in Residence

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March 10-12, 2008

GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies was proud to host the award-winning historian and author of 20 books, H.W. Brands as a Scholar in Residence. He will give 6 different lectures on “The Man in the White House: A Light-Hearted Look at the Serious Subject of the American Presidency.

H. W. Brands, professor of history at the University of Texas, has won numerous awards for his teaching and writing. He is author of two dozen books, including biographies of Presidents Andrew Jackson (2005), Woodrow Wilson (2003), Theodore Roosevelt (1997), and Lyndon Johnson (1995). His book, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was released on Election Day 2008.

http://hauensteincenter.org/meeting-of-the-leadership-academy-3/

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2/20-Jefferson and Adams: A Play by Howard Ginsberg

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February 20, 2008

“Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play,” written by Howard Ginsberg and based on his original play, is the moving and powerful dramatization of the remarkable friendship between two presidents of the United States — with the forthright Mrs. Adams always playing a major role.

In a fast-paced series of encounters, the play shows the turbulent relationship between Thomas Jefferson, played by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Bill Barker, and John Adams, played by veteran actor Sam Goodyear, as their friendship ignites, flourishes, ruptures and resolves itself. The perceptive Abigail Adams, played by Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Abigail Schumann, acts as a catalyst and motivator while steadfastly maintaining her own beliefs.

The play, sponsored by Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Grand Forum, was held Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m., in Loosemore Auditorium on Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus, 401 W. Fulton.

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2/13-Birgit Klohs on Leadership

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February 13, 2008

Birgit Klohs, president of The Right Place Inc., addressed the Hauenstein Center’s Peter Cook Leadership Fellows.

The Right Place, Inc. is the regional economic development organization for the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses to the Greater Grand Rapids area.

Klohs, a native of Germany, came to The Right Place, Inc., in 1987 from Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where she was Assistant Director of the Office for Economic Expansion.

http://hauensteincenter.org/meeting-of-the-leadership-academy-2/

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1/30-Ike’s Final Battle: Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality

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January 30, 2008

Author Kasey Pipes recounted the unlikely story about how Dwight Eisenhower became a civil rights president.

http://hauensteincenter.org/ikes-final-battle-little-rock-and-the-challenge-of-equality/

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1/10-Richard Breon on Leadership

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January 10, 2008

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies’ Leadership Academy invited Richard Breon, president and CEO of Spectrum Health, to address the students on leadership in the health care field.

http://hauensteincenter.org/meeting-of-the-leadership-academy/

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