12/7-Learning to Lead in a War Zone – Joshua Lunger


December 7, 2011

Joshua Junger presented on leading in war.



12/1-Ask Gleaves Leadership Seminars – The Leadership Lifecycle


December 1, 2011

The Leadership Life Cycle is one way of structuring the huge topic of leadership. Try to identify where you are on the Life Cycle: follower, leading yourself, leading a team, leading an organization, or growing through crisis.



11/22-JFK Through Jackie’s Eyes – Jason Duncan


November 22, 2011

“Why does the Kennedy mystique endure?” asked Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Historian Jason Duncan went beneath the hype and explored that question by using the newly released interviews of Jacqueline Kennedy as a springboard. Since he is writing a major new biography of our 35th president, his talk sharpened our understanding of Kennedy as a man, husband, father, politician, and president.

Beginning in March of 1964, just a few months after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy sat down for a series of interviews with historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. on her life with John F. Kennedy. She spoke in great detail about her husband, both as a public and private figure, focusing especially on the nearly three years they spent in the White House. Professor Jason Duncan of Aquinas College spoke on the highlights of Jacqueline Kennedy’s memories of life with JFK, on what she revealed and what she chose not to reveal. Her history sheds new light on one of the most storied and glamorous couples ever to occupy the White House, their hold on the public imagination remaining strong a half century after John F. Kennedy became President.



11/9-The Wheelhouse Talks – Luisa Schumacher


November 9, 2011

Luisa Schumacher | Thriving YP and executive director of the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. Serves on the Wealthy Theater Centennial Cabinet, Varnum Diversity Inclusion Council, Laugh Fest Cabinet, and Grand Rapids Boxing Foundation. (See also: Arbor Circle, Local First, PWA)



11/4-Ask Gleaves Leadership Seminars – Olivia Dorgan


November 4, 2011

Throughout the academic year, Hauenstein Center Director Gleaves Whitney teaches innovative leadership seminars that explore the history, theories, and tools of leadership, along with their practical application. All seminars feature a guest presentation by Associate Director Brian Flanagan or a Peter Cook Leadership Fellow.



11/2-Ask Gleaves Leadership Seminars Are You Happy?


November 2, 2011

Are You Happy? (… and the Implications of Your Answer to Leadership)

Happy people make better followers and leaders. But what is happiness? In this seminar, we explored the true sources of human well-being.

Throughout the academic year, Hauenstein Center Director Gleaves Whitney teaches innovative leadership seminars that explore the history, theories, and tools of leadership, along with their practical application. All seminars feature a guest presentation by Associate Director Brian Flanagan or a Peter Cook Leadership Fellow.



10/27-The Most Amazing American Founder – Benjamin Franklin


October 27, 2011

Character Actor John Hamant portrayed Benjamin Franklin at age 82, fielding question from the audience.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, John holds a B.F.A. in Theatrical Production and an M.A. in Acting and Directing from the University of Arizona in Tucson. A life-long interest in history prompted him to turn from a full-time acting career to the educational efforts of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

In his thirty three years with Colonial Williamsburg, John held the positions of Senior Archaeologist, Character Interpreter, Manager (and later Director) of Evening and Special Programs, and Director of Special Events and Protocol. As a Character Interpreter he developed the personages of Lord Botetourt, Peyton Randolph, John Greenhow, Lewis Burwell, and several others.

Beginning in 1993, John developed a portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt for a special Colonial Williamsburg program. He continued to perform as the 32nd president over the next nine years for Colonial Williamsburg programming, and now has the honor of bringing FDR to life for more diverse and distant audiences. Though now semi-retired, John works as a writer, consultant, interpreter of persons of the past, and continues to perform in many of the Colonial Williamsburg evening programs.



10/19-Wheelhouse Talks – Mark Murray


October 19, 2011

Mark Murray | Sector-smashing leader who served as director of Michigan’s Department of Management and Budget, budget director, and treasurer under Governor Engler before becoming the third president of Grand Valley State University and current president of Meijer Inc.



9/28-Wheelhouse Talks – Gretchen Minnhaar


September 28, 2011

Argentina-born artist and architect who has traveled the world and speaks five languages. Former president of the Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance, founder of the Chiaroscuro International Film Series at UICA, and three-time competitor in ArtPrize.



9/15-Benjamin Franklin – Leader Extraordinaire


September 15, 2011

America was fortunate that Ben Franklin was one of its founders. Although his origins were humble, ambition and talent carried him far in both the U.S. and Europe. No other middle-class human being has risen to such an array of leadership positions. Franklin led our nation as a best-selling author, businessman, scientist, inventor, educator, philanthropist, statesman, spy, and more. In this talk, we explored all the ways Franklin helped found our nation — and continues to inspire us today.



7/29-The Untold Story of the Constitutional Convention


July 29, 2011

The Hauenstein Center’s own Gleaves Whitney on The Untold Story of the Constitutional Convention.




7/5-John Adams: Fortunate Son of Liberty


July 5, 2011

John Adams wasn’t born silver spoon in hand, and at the end of his life he was buried in a modest, granite tomb. In between, however, the Atlas of Independence was a man of tremendous good fortune. As we see, in lineage, love, and learning, John Adams’s luck was peerless.


5/16-Inside the Nixon White House – Ed Cox


May 16, 2011


He was born to Howard Ellis Cox and Anne Crane Delafield Finch Cox in Southampton Hospital in Southampton (village), New York and spent his early years attending Westhampton Beach Elementary School. He is the scion of four old American families, the Finches, the Coxes, the Livingstons, and the Delafields. Cox is named for his grandfather, Judge Edward Ridley Finch, a prominent New York jurist who served as a State court judge from 1915 to 1943 and rose to be the Presiding Justice of the State’s First Department and an Associate Judge on the State’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals. His father, Howard Ellis Cox, was a decorated World War II aviator and a New York lawyer and Long Island real estate developer.


Cox graduated from Princeton University (the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, class of 1968) and Harvard Law School (class of 1972). After graduating from college, Cox worked with the consumer advocate Ralph Nader as a founder of what came to be called “Nader’s Raiders,” co-authoring The Nader Report on the Federal Trade Commission (Baron Press, 1969) and writing articles and editorials for The New Republic. Upon graduating from law school in 1972, Cox campaigned extensively for the reelection of his father-in-law, President Nixon, and after the election he and his wife traveled to Europe and the Soviet Union, meeting privately with leaders and their families.


Cox subsequently was a lawyer with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. From 1981 to 1983 Cox served in the Reagan Administration as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a government corporation, The United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation. In 1983, Cox returned to the practice of law in New York where he has also served in a number of volunteer governmental and non-governmental charitable posts: a founding director of the Student Sponsor Partners (supporting and mentoring inner-city parochial school students, 1985 to present), a Commissioner of the Commission on Judicial Nomination (nominating candidates for New York’s highest court, 1991 to present), Chairman of the New York Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (1995 to 2008), Chairman of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (1995 to present), a Trustee of the State University of New York (SUNY)(1995 to present) and a director of the New York Institute for Special Education (1994 to present).


As a Trustee, Cox was a founder of SUNY’s Charter School Institute (which authorizes charter schools), of its Community College Committee, of its Institute for Community College Development and of its Task Force on Energy and the Environment. In these capacities he fostered the development of cutting edge policies and programs for K-12 education, teacher training and facilities evaluation and has been a leader in energy and environmental policy making. After the 2006 election, Cox chaired Attorney-Elect Andrew Cuomo’s environmental transition team. In 2007 and 2008, Cox chaired John McCain’s New York campaign. While practicing law, Cox has also served three presidents, and particularly President Nixon, in the international arena.


4/8-HW Brands – American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900


April 8, 2011

Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West, and earned a graduate degrees in mathematics – before he embarked on a path that would make him one of the great presidential historians of our time. He earned his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. Today he is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at UT Austin. Brands is a prolific author. His books include Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers. Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. One of our most popular speakers, H.W. Brands has regaled Hauenstein Center audiences since 2004.



4/7-HW Brands – American Ulysses: The Journey of General Grant


April 7, 2011

HW Brands – American Ulysses: The Journey of General Grant. Presented by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.



4/6-Luncheons with Leaders – Christina Keller


April 6, 2011

Christina Keller is an expert in sustainable global enterprises and a project manager at Cascade Engineering. She is responsible for the company’s HydrAid BioSand Water Filter — a product designed to relieve 4 million people in the developing world who lack clean water. Formerly, Ms. Keller was a senior consultant at Polaris Management Partners, a midsized management consulting firm in New York City. She was also a project manager at Environmental Resources Trust, where she worked on LED renewable energy and green house gas emission reduction. Ms. Keller has traveled to Uganda on multiple occasions to work with the nation’s first lady, Janet Museveni, and the international nonprofit Solar Light for Africa to install solar panels on schools and hospitals. She has helped develop a micro-enterprise in Peru and taught micro-business classes. Her international experience also includes work in Costa Rica and Chile. Ms. Keller earned her B.A. in international development and environmental studies from Boston College in 2003. She holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in sustainable global enterprise from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.


3/22-What Happened to the Future? Lessons from Ancient Athens about Leadership and Its Limits.


March 22-23, 2011

Presented by: W. Robert Connor, two events 3/22/11, 7PM & 3/23/11, 1PM – Provide by GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Department of Classics.



3/15-COL Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship Award Presentation 2011


March 15, 2011

COL Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship Award 2011 – recipient President Gerald Ford

Grand Valley State University, through its Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, was proud to present its most prestigious award – the COL Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship.

This fellowship was created in recognition of COL Hauenstein’s extraordinary life, which exemplifies the service and leadership that Grand Valley State University seeks to inspire in its graduates. In 2011, the first fellowship was awarded posthumously to President Gerald R. Ford, COL Hauenstein’s good friend.



2/15-Reagan’s Heroes: A 100th Birthday Celebration


February 15, 2011

In this one-of-a-kind event that celebrates Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, we hosted four actors who brilliantly portray the four American presidents — Republican and Democratic — who most influenced him. Our 40th president’s optimistic, western vision was shaped by Thomas Jefferson. His free-market economics came straight out the presidency of Calvin Coolidge. During the Great Depression and Second World War, he was a steadfast admirer of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And the combination of tax cuts and strong defense was from the playbook of John F. Kennedy. Each of the actors is an accomplished character interpreter and historian in his own right. Colonial Williamsburg’s William Barker portrayed Jefferson. Jim Cooke played Coolidge. John Hamant presented FDR. Brian Hilton gave us JFK. And Paddy Morrissey was Reagan. Watch this enchanting evening of wit, wisdom, and lively history as we celebrated Ronald Reagan’s heroes and explored the roots of our 40th president’s worldview.


2/9-Luncheons with Leaders – Jon White


February 9, 2011

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies presented: Luncheons with Leaders – Jonathan White

Professor Jonathan White is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Middle Eastern extremism and religious terrorism. Formerly dean of social science and director of the School of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University, Professor White currently serves as professor and chair of liberal studies and as executive director of the Homeland Defense Initiative. He has also won university awards for courses in history and criminal justice. Professor White is author of Terrorism and Homeland Security (2006) and Defending the Homeland (2004), but his writings on extremism and terrorism date back to the mid-1980s. Professor White earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in multi-disciplinary social science. He holds an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary, and an M.A. and B.A. in history from Western Michigan University. In a former career he served in the Jackson (Michigan) police force as a member of the SWAT team. Today, Professor White consults widely on terrorism using his predictive models, and since 9/11 he has been a frequent advisor to thousands of police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, and the U.S. Departments of Justice, State, and Homeland Security. He received several awards — from the DOJ, FBI, and the Michigan House of Representatives — for his work after 9/11 directing State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training for the Institute of Intergovernmental Research.


1/27-Democracy’s Greatest Leaders – Lincoln & Churchill


January 27, 2011

Gleaves Whitney – I study leaders. I search out the traits, virtues, upbringing, and challenges that make a few of the human beings among us great leaders. This evening, I’d like to do something that’s long been on my mind, and that is to compare two modern democratic statesmen whose deaths were separated by exactly 100 years – Abraham Lincoln, who died in 1865, and Winston Churchill, who died in 1965.

They do not make a natural pairing, these two. In some ways, they could hardly be more different. But that’s instructive because it shows the range of leadership that arises when a democracy is under stress and its survival is at stake.

To read the complete essay, please click here.




1/12-Luncheons with Leaders: Mary Dailey Brown


January 12, 2011

Mary Dailey Brown is founding president and CEO of SowHope, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping poor and oppressed women around the world by promoting wellness, education, and economic opportunities. She received her bachelor’s degree in photography and psychology from Southern Illinois University and her master’s degree in nonprofit management and leadership from Grand Valley State University. Brown worked for a year as a presidential photographer in the Jimmy Carter White House before running a successful photography business for ten years. In 1988, she began volunteering to lead teams annually to northern Mexico to build homes for impoverished families, a service she has repeated every summer since. In 1993, Brown became the founding executive director of Love INC, which collaborated with local social agencies and churches to serve the working poor. In 1998, Brown became the director of missions at Bella Vista Church. It was during her missions to the Middle East and the Third World that she became keenly aware of the plight of women in these countries. In January 2006, she formed SowHope. Brown was a 2009-10 Peter Cook Leadership Fellow at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
To learn more, read “Rockford Woman Founder of Female-Oriented Charity.”




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