12/10-H.W. Brands — ‘The Prez: Machiavelli Visits the White House’

December 10 – 7:00 PM, L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Keynote speaker H.W. Brands (right) with Hauenstein Center director, Gleaves Whitney.

The Event

December 10, 2014 – For centuries the name Machiavelli has been synonymous with amoral calculation in politics. No American president would ever want to be described as Machiavellian. Yet should the canny Florentine return to life and visit twenty-first century America, he would have some useful and surprising advice for America’s chief executive – advice that would say as much about America as about the country’s highest office.

This event was in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.

http://hauensteincenter.org/h-w-brands-the-prez-machiavelli-visits-the-white-house-2/

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December 10 – 7:00 PM, L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“The Prez: Machiavelli Visits the White House” with H.W. Brands

December, 10 2014

For centuries the name Machiavelli has been synonymous with amoral calculation in politics. No American president would ever want to be described as Machiavellian. Yet should the canny Florentine return to life and visit twenty-first century America, he would have some useful and surprising advice for America’s chief executive – advice that would say as much about America as about the country’s highest office.

This event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.

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Eventbrite - The Prez: Machiavelli Visits the White House by H.W. Brands

11/12-Wheelhouse Talks – Barbara Pickut

November 12, 2014 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Event

November 12, 2014 – As Medical Director of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at The Hauenstein Neuroscience Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, and associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr. Barbara Pickut is a standout in the Grand Rapids medical, neuroscience, and academic communities. A graduate of the University of Michigan for her bachelors and masters degrees, with an M.D. from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, Dr. Pickut has completed thirty-eight clinical trials related to Parkinson’s Disease since 1992, co-founded the Belgian Movement Disorders Society, and studied the role of mindfulness and mind-body intervention in movement disorders. On November 12th, 2014, Dr. Pickut spoke on her leadership experiences abroad, in the classroom, and in the medical community.
http://hauensteincenter.org/wheelhouse-talks-barbara-pickut-2/

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November 12, 2014 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Barbara Pickut, Medical Director of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences.

As Medical Director of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences, and associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr. Barbara Pickut is a standout in the Grand Rapids medical, neuroscience, and academic communities. A graduate of the University of Michigan for her bachelors and masters degrees, with an M.D. from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, Dr. Pickut has completed thirty-eight clinical trials related to Parkinson’s Disease since 1992, co-founded the Belgian Movement Disorders Society, and studied the role of mindfulness and mind-body intervention in movement disorders. Come join us as Dr. Pickut speaks on her leadership experiences abroad, in the classroom, and in the medical community.

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Eventbrite - Wheelhouse Talk: Barbara Pickut, Mercy Health

11/6-Francis Fukuyama — Political Order and Political Decay

November 6 – 7:00 PM L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Event

November 6, 2014 – Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called volume one of Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order “magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.” In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as “a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time.” And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed “this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two.” Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation.

Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, “Political Order and Political Decay” is an essential American conversation.

This event was in partnership with the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative.

http://hauensteincenter.org/francis-fukuyama-political-order-and-political-decay-2/

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November 6 – 7:00 PM L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“Political Order and Political Decay” by Francis Fukuyama

November 6, 2014

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called volume one of Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order “magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.” In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as “a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time.” And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed “this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two.” Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, “Political Order and Political Decay” is an essential American conversation.

This event is in partnership with the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative.

Dr. Fukuyama’s book, Political Order and Political Decay, will be available for purchase and a book signing after the presentation.

Eventbrite – Political Order and Political Decay with Dr. Francis Fukuyama

10/21-Coffee House Debates – Funding for Higher Education

October 21, 2014 – 1:30-2:45 PM Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Grand Rapids Campus

401 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Event

October 21, 2014 – Across the state and nation, there has hardly been a time when greater pressure has been put on our colleges and universities to fulfill a dizzying array of functions. The demands are many: Colleges must fulfill a commercial function, by producing job seekers with competitive degrees; a civic function, by contributing to a more engaged citizenry; a cognitive function, by teaching and modeling critical thought; a cultural function, by promoting cultural literacy and intercultural understanding; and a constructive function, by providing fertile ground for students to build themselves into autonomous individuals.

Tasked with addressing these needs head-on, universities and policy makers have to ask big questions about higher education in Michigan: How do we help students graduate on time? How can we make college affordable to wider demographics? And how can we ensure that our universities have the resources necessary to produce a better educated, innovative, and civically engaged citizenry? Two public policy experts—Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy; and Jarrett Skorup, policy analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy—explored and debated these issues in search of actionable common ground.

http://hauensteincenter.org/coffeehouse-debates-funding-for-higher-education/

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October 21, 2014 – 1:30-2:45 PM Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Grand Rapids Campus

401 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Across the state and nation, there has hardly been a time when greater pressure has been put on our colleges and universities to fulfill a dizzying array of functions. The demands are many: Colleges must fulfill a commercial function, by producing job seekers with competitive degrees; a civic function, by contributing to a more engaged citizenry; a cognitive function, by teaching and modeling critical thought; a cultural function, by promoting cultural literacy and intercultural understanding; and a constructive function, by providing fertile ground for students to build themselves into autonomous individuals.

Tasked with addressing these needs head-on, universities and policy makers have to ask big questions about higher education in Michigan: How do we help students graduate on time? How can we make college affordable to wider demographics? And how can we ensure that our universities have the resources necessary to produce a better educated, innovative, and civically engaged citizenry? Two public policy experts—Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy; and Jarrett Skorup, policy analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy—will explore and debate these issues in search of actionable common ground.

10/20-The Rule of Law: President Ford and the Constitution

October 20, 2014 – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Downtown Grand Rapids

303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Event

October 20, 2014 -The first use of the 25th Amendment occurred in 1973 when President Richard Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to fill the vacancy left by Vice President Spiro Agnew’s resignation. In less than a year, the 25th Amendment would be used again. This time, Vice President Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned, and he nominated Nelson Rockefeller to fill the Vice Presidential vacancy left by him. We invited guests to learn more about this important period in history by joining us for panel discussions at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Panel # 1 – 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
“President Ford & The Rule of Law”
Emcee: Hank Meijer, Vice Chairman, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
Moderator: Jeff Rosen, President & CEO, National Constitution Center
Panelist: Judge Mark Wolfe
Panelist: Professor Mike Gerhardt

Panel # 2 – 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
“President Ford and the Pardon of Richard Nixon”
Emcee: Hank Meijer, Vice Chairman, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
Moderator: Dean Ken Gormley, Duquesne University Law School
Panelist: Professor Benton Becker
Panelist: The Honorable John Logie
Panelist: The Honorable Jill Wine-Banks

http://hauensteincenter.org/the-rule-of-law-president-ford-and-the-constitution/

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Monday, October 20, 2014 – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Downtown Grand Rapids

303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The first use of the 25th Amendment occurred in 1973 when President Richard Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to fill the vacancy left by Vice President Spiro Agnew’s resignation. In less than a year, the 25th Amendment would be used again. This time, Vice President Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned, and he nominated Nelson Rockefeller to fill the Vice Presidential vacancy left by him. We invite you to learn more about this important period in history by joining us for panel discussions at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Panel # 1 – 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
“President Ford & The Rule of Law”
Emcee: Hank Meijer, Vice Chairman, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
Moderator: Jeff Rosen, President & CEO, National Constitution Center
Panelist: Judge Mark Wolfe
Panelist: Professor Mike Gerhardt

Panel # 2 – 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
“President Ford and the Pardon of Richard Nixon”
Emcee: Hank Meijer, Vice Chairman, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
Moderator: Dean Ken Gormley, Duquesne University Law School
Panelist: Professor Benton Becker
Panelist: The Honorable John Logie
Panelist: The Honorable Jill Wine-Banks

10/8-Wheelhouse Talks — Cook Leadership Academy Alumni Panel

October 8, 2014 – 12:30 PM Seidman College of Business, Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Event

October 8, 2014 – A co-founder of Failure:Lab, a director of marketing and communications at Public Sector Consultants, a coordinator of communications at Varnum Consulting, and a public policy coordinator at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce: all young professionals, Grand Valley graduates, and Cook Leadership Academy alumni whose leadership has made its mark on Grand Rapids and across the state. Participants gained a fresh perspectives on leadership as these past fellows engaged in a lively panel discussion about their experiences as young professionals and leaders.

Panelists:

Austin Dean, Co-Founder Failure:Lab, Director of Business Operations GR Current
Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants
Juliana Nahas-Viilo, Communications Coordinator Varnum Consulting
Allie Bush, Public Policy Coordinator, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

http://hauensteincenter.org/alumni-panel-with-selma-tucker-austin-dean-allie-bush-juliana-nahas-viilo/

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October 8 – 12:30 PM Seidman College of Business, Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Alumni Panel with Selma Tucker, Austin Dean, Allie Bush, Juliana Nahas-Viilo

October 8, 2014

A co-founder of Failure:Lab, a director of marketing and communications at Public Sector Consultants, a coordinator of communications at Varnum Consulting, and a public policy coordinator at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce: all young professionals, Grand Valley graduates, and Cook Leadership Academy alumni whose leadership has made its mark on Grand Rapids and across the state. Come gain new, fresh perspectives on leadership as these past fellows engage in a lively panel discussion about their experiences as young professionals and leaders.

Panelists:

Austin Dean, Co-Founder Failure:Lab, Director of Business Operations GR Current
Selma Tucker, Director of Marketing and Communications Public Sector Consultants
Juliana Nahas-Viilo, Communications Coordinator Varnum Consulting
Allie Bush, Public Policy Coordinator, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Eventbrite - Wheelhouse Talk: Cook Leadership Academy Alumni Panel

10/7-Herb Meyer — ‘What in the World is Going on? A Global Intelligence Briefing’

October 7, 2014 – 7 PM L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Event

October 7, 2014 - Look beyond today’s headlines, and you will see a world that is more prosperous and more peaceful than most people are expecting. In this global overview, Herb Meyer – the Reagan Administration intelligence official who first predicted the Soviet Union’s collapse – explained what really lies behind the current Middle East turmoil and why today so many countries are emerging from poverty and creating stable middle-class societies. Above all, he outlined the great challenges – and the great opportunities – that await students as they complete their education and head out into the world. In this return visit to Grand Rapids, Meyer drew on his expertise to share insights into the world’s constantly changing geopolitical landscape.

This event was in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.

http://hauensteincenter.org/herb-meyer-what-in-the-world-is-going-on-a-global-intelligence-briefing-2/

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October 7, 2014 – 7 PM L.V. Eberhard Center

301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“What in the World Is Going On? A Global Intelligence Briefing”

October 7, 2014

Look beyond today’s headlines, and you will see a world that is more prosperous and more peaceful than most people are expecting. In this global overview, Herb Meyer – the Reagan Administration intelligence official who first predicted the Soviet Union’s collapse – will explain what really lies behind the current Middle East turmoil and why today so many countries are emerging from poverty and creating stable middle-class societies. Above all, he will outline the great challenges – and the great opportunities – that await students as they complete their education and head out into the world. In this return visit to Grand Rapids, Meyer will draw on his expertise to share insights into the world’s constantly changing geopolitical landscape.

This event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.

Eventbrite - What in the World is Going On: A Global Intelligence Briefing by Herb Meyer

9/23-Election Year 2014: A Common Ground Panel Discussion

September 23, 2014 - 2:30-4 PM Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room, GVSU Allendale Campus

1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401

The Event

September 23, 2014 – GVSU political science professors Paul Cornish, Whitt Kilburn, Erika King, Rodger Moiles, and Donald Zinman provided fresh perspectives on this year’s major elections—for the governorship, and the US House and Senate—and, more generally, on American electoral politics and the media.

This event was co-sponsored by the GVSU political science department and with assistance from Pi Sigma Alpha.

http://hauensteincenter.org/election-year-2014-a-common-ground-panel-discussion/

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September 23, 2014 – 2:30-4 PM Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room, GVSU Allendale Campus

1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401

A panel of political science professors from GVSU will provide fresh perspectives on this year’s major elections—for the governorship, and the US House and Senate—and, more generally, on American electoral politics and the media. Further information coming soon!

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Eventbrite - Common Ground Panel featuring GVSU Political Science Professors

9/16-Constitution Day Discussion Panel

September 16th, 2014 – 11:30-1 PM Cook DeWitt Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401

The Event

September 16th, 2014 – The Hauenstein Center hosted a follow-up discussion panel with Donald Markle, author of The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying. The discussion panel featured Donald Markle, Becca McBride professor of political science at Calvin College, Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center, and Jonathan White, an expert on Middle Eastern extremism and professor in the GVSU Honors College.

http://hauensteincenter.org/constitution-day-discussion-panel/

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Cook DeWitt Center, GVSU Allendale Campus, 11:30-1 PM

Join us for a follow-up discussion panel with Donald Markle, author of The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying. The discussion
panel will feature Donald Markle, Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center, Jonathan White, an expert on Middle Eastern extremism and professor in the GVSU Honors College, as well as other local experts on U.S intelligence.

To RSVP to attend the Discussion Panel, click here:
Eventbrite - Discussion Panel: Donald Markle, Gleaves Whitney, Jonathan White, & others!

9/15-Donald Markle — ‘The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying’

September 15 – 7 PM Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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September 15, 2014 – The Hauenstein Center was proud to bring you this American Conversations keynote featuring Donald E. Markle, a former U.S. intelligence officer, Smithsonian Institute lecturer, and author whose previous works address the topic of U.S. military intelligence during World War II and the American Civil War.

Most books about espionage in the American Revolution tend to focus on General George Washington, but as noted historian Donald E. Markle explored in this fascinating account, there was an entire system of intelligence communication independent of his direction. General Washington and British General Charles Cornwallis were engaged in a constant battle to outmaneuver each other, and Cornwallis seemed always one step behind Washington and his intelligence departments. As the war progressed, the Americans and British slowly learned one another’s tactics, leading to the hunt between the American fox (Washington) and the British hound (Cornwallis). There could only be one winner.

This event was in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.

http://hauensteincenter.org/donald-markle-the-fox-and-the-hound-the-birth-of-american-spying-2/

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September 15 – 7 PM Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying”

September 15, 2014

The Hauenstein Center is proud to bring you this American Conversations keynote featuring Donald E. Markle, a former U.S. intelligence officer, Smithsonian Institute lecturer, and author whose previous works address the topic of U.S. military intelligence during World War II and the American Civil War.

Most books about espionage in the American Revolution tend to focus on General George Washington, but as noted historian Donald E. Markle explores in this fascinating account, there was an entire system of intelligence communication independent of his direction. General Washington and British General Charles Cornwallis were engaged in a constant battle to outmaneuver each other, and Cornwallis seemed always one step behind Washington and his intelligence departments. As the war progressed, the Americans and British slowly learned one another’s tactics, leading to the hunt between the American fox (Washington) and the British hound (Cornwallis). There could only be one winner.

This event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.


Donald E. Markle’s book, The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying, will be available for purchase and a book signing at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum after his presentation.

For tickets to Mr. Markle’s talk, click here:
Eventbrite - The Fox and the Hound: The Birth of American Spying by Donald E. Markle

9/10-Wheelhouse Talks – Rick DeVos

The Event

September 10, 2014 - The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies welcomed back Rick DeVos for the first Wheelhouse Talk of the 2014-2015 season. Rick spoke to Cook Leadership Academy students and mentors about how a community cultivates a space for its creative class and develops young entrepreneurial leaders.

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7/14 - COL Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship & President Ford’s 101st Birthday

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July 14 – 10 AM – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum – Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

President Ford’s 101st Birthday and the presentation of the COL Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship

10:00 AM: Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
12:00 PM: Lecture & Luncheon at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (doors open at 11:30 AM)

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University hosted the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in celebration of President Ford’s 101st Birthday. The 61st Secretary of State, James A. Baker III, was the the William E. Simon Lecturer for the Foundation’s luncheon following the ceremony. Secretary Baker was joined by special guest Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford.

The Hauenstein Center presented its highly prestigious 2014 COL Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship to Secretary Baker at this event. Previous recipients include Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, President Gerald R. Ford, and National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft.

William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs

In 1988, President Gerald R. Ford announced the establishment of the William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs. The series is endowed by William Simon’s gift to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. William Simon served as Secretary of the Treasury during the Nixon and Ford administrations. He established this lecture series stating, “These lectures can make a significant, continuing contribution to public debate on how to preserve and strengthen the institutions of our free society.” In acknowledging William Simon’s gift, President Ford said, “Bill Simon’s generosity makes possible a top quality program, featuring outstanding national figures. Their insight on domestic and international issues will foster better public understanding of today’s critical policy problems.”

Past Simon Lecturers: William Simon (1988); Henry Kissinger (1990); Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico; (1993); Alan Greenspan (1996); David McCullough (1999); Michael Beschloss (2001); Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (2006); Roger Wilkins (2006); Richard Norton Smith (2008); David Broder (2008); Justice John Paul Stevens (2011), Lt. General Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.) (2012); Jon Meacham (2013).

http://hauensteincenter.org/president-fords-101st-birthday-the-col-ralph-w-hauenstein-fellowship-award/

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James Baker Receives Hauenstein Fellowship Medal

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6/11-13 – Have the Liberal Arts Become Too Politicized? A Meeting of Minds, Left and Right

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June 11-13 - Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

GVSU Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, Richard M. DeVos Center Building E

Have the Liberal Arts Become Too Politicized? A Meeting of Minds, Left and Right
Hauenstein Center Common Ground Summit

Download the complete program here!

Date: June 11-13
Time: June 11: afternoon conversation at 4 PM and evening keynote at 7 PM; June 12-13: all-day keynotes and panel discussions (click here for a schedule of events)
Location: Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU downtown Pew campus, DeVos Building E

About the Summit:
Academic rigor requires intellectual diversity and the free interchange of ideas between the left and the right. However, numerous recent books, surveys, and articles suggest that the opposite is occurring in the academy: the ideological gulf between conservatives and progressives, particularly in the humanities and the social sciences, is actually widening. Our summit focused on the perceived politicization of higher education and ways to promote constructive and principled discourse between the left and right. Keynote speakers and panelists from Princeton, New York University, University of British Columbia, Ohio State, Youngstown State, Penn State, Houston Baptist University, St. John’s College, University of Colorado, Aquinas College, The Imaginative Conservative, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Grand Valley State University explored how the academy can overcome ideological divides and discover common ground in the liberal arts.

Background:
In the past year, the Hauenstein Center has developed civic leadership through its Common Ground Initiative, an effort to bring together progressives and conservatives in an open, respectful, and intellectually rigorous forum to explore possible common ground. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we have hosted major researchers and scholars to investigate the first principles of these two traditions, and explore the possible common ground that they might share – historically, culturally, politically. Unique in higher education today, the Common Ground Initiative offers a balanced, comprehensive exploration (and redefinition) what it means to be conservative and what it means to be progressive in the 21st century.

This conference was in partnership with the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal. Support was provided by the Dyer-Ives Foundation and the Earhart Foundation.

http://hauensteincenter.org/have-the-liberal-arts-become-too-politicized/

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Eva Brann & W. Winston Elliott III
Liberal Learning, the Human Person & Plato’s Meno: Let us Reason Together


Neil Gross
Keynote: Why Are Professors Liberal?


Matthew C. Woessner
Keynote: Bridging the Ideological Divide: Fostering True Diversity in Higher Education.


Quincy Williams, Erika King, Judy Whipps
Panel: Perspectives on the State of the Liberal Arts From Various Disciplines 


Eva Brann
Lunch/Keynote: Odysseus: Patron Hero of the Liberal Arts


Stephen Rowe, student responses by Joe Hogan, Abigail DeHart, and Austin Knuppe
Panel: Insights by Stephen Rowe, with Student Perspectives


Bradley Birzer
Keynote: Citizenship in a Republic of Letters


Robert George
Keynote: Is There a Cure for Campus Illiberalism?


William Craig Rice, Jonathan Zimmerman
Keynote: What Is to Be Done?


Jason Duncan, P. Douglas Kindschi, Frederick J. Antczak, Gayle Davis
Panel: Administration in Humanities & Social Sciences

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Chris Nelson, and a reflection by Arend D. Lubbers
Lunch/Keynote: Beyond Politics: Liberal Education and the Future of the Republic


Ben Lockerd, Barbara J. Elliott, Jonathan White, Jeffrey Chamberlain
Panel: Honors Colleges that Teach the Humanities & Social Sciences

 


Deborah Mower, response by Noreen K. Myers
Keynote: Marketing the Marketplace: Civility in Academia and Beyond

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5/14-Ralph Hauenstein Discusses Leadership during WWII

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May 14 – Meijer Regency Room

401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI.

“Ralph Hauenstein on Founding of The Hauenstein Center”

May 14, 2014

COL Ralph W. Hauenstein spoke with GVSU President Emeritus Don Lubbers, Maribeth Wardrup, and Gleaves Whitney about his experiences during World War II and how they inspired the establishment of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.

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5/13-Rick Atkinson – ‘The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-1945′

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May 13 – 7 PM – Eberhard Center

301 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI.

“The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-1945″

May 13, 2014

The Hauenstein Center was proud to bring you this American Conversations event featuring Rick Atkinson, a multiple Pulitzer Prizing winning author and journalist.

D-Day marked the commencement of one of the greatest common ground initiatives in world history – the final campaign of the Allies to take Europe back during WW II. Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Atkinson’s riveting account of that bold gamble set the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. Historic events came alive with a wealth of new material and a fascinating cast of characters. Atkinson told the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory.

This Hauenstein Center event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Library & Museum.

Print reviews:

NY Times Book Review http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/books/review/the-guns-at-last-light-by-rick-atkinson.html?_r=0

Washington Post Book Review -http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/book-review-the-guns-at-last-light-the-war-in-western-europe-1944-1945-by-rick-atkinson/2013/05/10/78286376-b267-11e2-9a98-4be1688d7d84_story.html

Radio/TV interviews:

Here and Now Radio interview - http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/11/11/three-sons-wwii

PBS NewshHour - http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military-jan-june13-atkinson_06-06/

Meet the Press Interview - http://www.nbcnews.com/video/meet-the-press/51892853#51892853

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4/23-Common Ground Workshop – ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’

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April 23 – 12 PM – Meijer Regency Room

401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI.

“The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”

Participants from the community and GVSU learned about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse when it comes to negotiating with the people you disagree with. Brenna Cleary gave us time-honored techniques to help civic opponents build trust and find common ground. This workshop was brought to you through the generosity of the Dyer-Ives Foundation.


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4/14-Common Ground Workshop – Working with a Team of Rivals

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April 14 – 12 PM – Meijer Regency Room

401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI.

Working with a Team of Rivals

The Hauenstein Center offered this interactive common ground workshop for emergent community leaders. Our goal was to prepare a new generation of leaders to deal effectively with diverse ideas and cultures. The workshop drew from the great books, American history, and personal experience to empower participants to work with elected officials and civic leaders to build better communities together.

http://hauensteincenter.org/common-ground-workshop-working-with-a-team-of-rivals/

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4/8-A Celebration of Former First Ladies Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter

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April 8 – 12-3:15 PM – A Celebration of First Ladies Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter

Sue Allen, Deb Hoogendoorn, and Judy Hooker hosted “America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship” with First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a celebration with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Library & Museum with sponsorship from the Hauenstein Center. This event commemorated Betty Ford’s 96th birthday. Mrs. Carter spoke at the event and was joined on stage by Steve Ford.

Discussions continued at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum following the luncheon with “Betty Ford’s Legacy in Women’s Health.” When the First Family went public about Betty Ford’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, it changed the conversation. Betty’s legacy continues as we talk about that pivotal moment in women’s health and the tremendous advancements in breast cancer treatment realized since then.

Panelists:
Judy Smith, MD, MS, CPE, FACS – Department Chief, Oncology, Spectrum Health
Thomas Getz, MD – Medical Director, Betty Ford Breast Care Services, Spectrum Health
Gleaves Whitney – Historian, Author, and Director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies

http://hauensteincenter.org/a-celebration-of-former-first-ladies-betty-ford-and-rosalynn-carter/

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“America’s First Ladies: A Journey of Friendship” with First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

“Betty Ford’s Legacy in Women’s Health”

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3/28-29-The Hidden Wounds of War – A Community Response – PTSD Conference

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March 28-29, 2014

The Hauenstein Center was proud to host this two day conference with the Michigan Combat PTSD Task Force. Since 2001, more than 2.2 million men and women have served in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Because of the unique characteristics of these wars, and our advanced medical and scientific knowledge, we have become aware of a significant number of our veterans returning with physical and psychological injuries. Similarly, many of these brave individuals have also suffered spiritual injuries. Many spent their childhoods learning to value and respect human life and property. However, in every war, no matter how just, military service personnel are asked to destroy both life and property. Even though they may understand intellectually why they are fighting, many are left with feelings of guilt and shame. Neurologists and psychotherapists can do little to treat these moral injuries. Instead, the clergy from most spiritual traditions have the rituals and authority to heal these wounds.

Every community has the responsibility of welcoming and supporting our returning veterans. However, medical personnel, social workers, psychologists, and clergy as well as the general public often do not understand the role of each professional. Furthermore, community resources are often unknown, and therefore, are not utilized.

The purpose of this conference was to:

  1. Promote the understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-traumatic Stress Injury/Disorder and Moral Injury.
  2. Clarify the roles of physicians, social workers, psychologists and clergy in helping returning veterans.
  3. Identify community resources.
  4. Establish a solid Community Referral Network to specifically treat combat related TBI, PTSD and Moral Injury.
  5. Begin a dialogue to identify practical and effective strategies for treating our wounded veterans.

 

March 28 – 7 PM – Loosemore Auditorium, Grand Valley State University

  • Friday keynote given by Dr. Jonathan Shay, Ph. D., M.D., a nationally known psychiatrist, and author of “Achilles in Vietnam”.

March 29 – 9 AM-5 PM – Loosemore Auditorium, Grand Valley State University

      • 9 AM: Chaplain (Colonel) Herman Keizer, U.S. Army (Retired) decorated Vietnam veteran, Director of Chaplains CRCNA, Emeritus and Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D. spoke on Moral Injury.
      • 10:45 AM: Panel Discussion – clergy, mental health professionals, medical professionals
      • 1:45-3:15 PM: Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D., psychiatrist, retired Brigadier General, and former Commander of the Southeast Regional Army Medical Command, spoke on TBI and PTSD.
      • 3:30-4:45 PM: Panel Discussion – community providers, coordinating and establishing a solid network 

Michigan Combat PTSD Task Force website

Soul Repair Center website

http://hauensteincenter.org/the-hidden-wounds-of-war/

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3/12-International Women’s Day Celebration – Let Me Sow Hope

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March 12, 2014

In the first ever Grand Rapids celebration of International Women’s Day, SowHope teamed up with the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies to bring two screening of “Let Me Sow Hope,” a documentary film exposing the overwhelming challenges and vulnerabilities faced by impoverished women in the developing world and the transformational effect of hope.

The film screenings were followed by a Q&A session with Mary Dailey Brown, CEO of SowHope, and a panel discussion moderated by Mayor George Heartwell featuring Ramya Ramanath, Genevieve Sabala, and Mary Dailey Brown.

http://hauensteincenter.org/international-womens-day/

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3/12-Wheelhouse Talks – Michael Hyacinthe

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March 12, 2014 

Michael Hyacinthe
Founder of Fashion Has Heart

The Hauenstein Center’s March Wheelhouse Talk featured Michael Hyacinthe, a New York entrepreneur in Grand Rapids. Creator of several start-up ventures already under way. Top-5 Art Prize contender with Fashion Has Heart, a non-profit organization that provides wounded veterans with creative opportunities to become entrepreneurs. Eight years of prior military service in the U.S. Navy. Pastimes: spoken word, rap legend Nas, and movies with his wife.

http://hauensteincenter.org/michael-hyacinthe/

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2/19-Leader Lens – Winter 2014

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February 19, 2014

In this innovative series of leadership seminars, three Cook Leadership Academy fellows explored the connections between leadership and community. These presentations gave the fellows an opportunity to gain valuable public speaking experience while also giving other fellows an understanding of how their peers are applying leadership skills in their own lives.

The theme for the winter semester’s Leader Lens is the search for common ground. Cook Leadership Academy fellows Lizzy Heyboer, Joe Hogan, and Nathan Mehmed shared their stories about finding common ground in their personal, academic, and community involvement journeys.

http://hauensteincenter.org/leader-lens-winter-2014/

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2/13-Deborah Mower – Civility

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February 13, 2014 

Deborah Mower examined the concept of civility and the conditions of civil disagreement in politics and education. Although many assume that civility is merely polite behavior, it functions to aid rational discourse. She offered multiple accounts of civility and its contribution to citizenship, deliberative democracy, and education. Given that civility is essential to all aspects of public life, it is important to address how civility may be taught. This event was in partnership with GVSU ‘s Department of Philosophy and Calvin College’s Paul Henry Institute.

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Deborah S. Mower joined Youngstown State University in 2007. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Pacific University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an associate professor of philosophy in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Youngstown State University and teaches courses in professional ethics. She is the president of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum and an active member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

Her interest in the topic of civility developed initially when teaching a course titled The Examined Life. Throughout the course, she pushed students to consider the components of a life well-lived—both personal and institutional—such as the role of family, marriage, education, politics, and philanthropy. As a philosopher who works in the area of moral psychology, she is interested in social cognition, moral education and development, the evolution of moral faculties, and eastern and western approaches to virtue ethics.

She has published multiple articles on moral psychology and applied ethics, and is presently editing a volume on Developing Moral Sensitivity with Wade L. Robison of Rochester Institute of Technology and Phyllis (Peggy) Vandenberg of GVSU.

http://hauensteincenter.org/deborah-mower/

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2/12-Wheelhouse Talks – Kelly LeCoy

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February 12, 2014 

Kelly LeCoy
Founder and Owner of Uptown Kitchen

Observant innovator who spotted a gap between Grand Rapids food entrepreneurs and spaces to create their product. Founder and owner of Uptown Kitchen, Grand Rapids’ first kitchen incubator. Entered her venture idea into Calvin College’s Business Competition and 5X5 Night, winning both. Firm believer in eating intentionally, supporting local producers, and creating community around the kitchen table.

http://hauensteincenter.org/kelly-lecoy/

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1/23-Colin Woodard – American Nations

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January 23, 2014 

According to journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations. He discussed the history of our continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and mold our future. From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard revealed how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today.

 

Biography

Colin Woodard is an award winning journalist and writer. He has reported for more than fifty foreign countries and six continents. A native of Maine, he lives in the midcoast area.

He is the State and National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. He received a 2012 George Polk Award for Education Reporting for his special report, “The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine” in the Portland Press Herald. He was also a finalist for a 2013 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.

His 2007 book, The Republic of Pirates, is being transformed into the upcoming NBC television drama Crossbones, starring John Malkovich. The Republic of Pirates is set during the golden age of piracy and centers on the pirate Blackbeard.

His fourth book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, won the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Non-Fiction and was named one of the best books of 2011 by The New Republic and The Globalist.

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Colin Woodward’s Personal Website

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

http://hauensteincenter.org/colin-woodard-american-nations/

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1/22-Common Ground Workshop: Speaking Truth To Power

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January 22, 2014 

Speaking Truth to Power: An interactive common ground workshop for emergent community leaders, focusing on “how to speak truth to power.” The workshop drew from “The Ring of Gyges” in Plato’s “Republic” to empower participants to work with elected officials and civic leaders to build better communities together.

http://hauensteincenter.org/speaking-truth-to-power/

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1/14-Coffee House Debates: Should Michigan Raise the Minimum Wage?

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January 14, 2014

Jarrett Skorup and Yannet Lathrop debated the question, “should Michigan raise the minimum wage?”.

Since the United States instituted the first federal minimum wage in 1938, there has been no shortage of debate on the topic. Whether we should raise, lower, maintain, or abolish the minimum wage has warranted serious discussion and heated debate. All sides want to see a flourishing economy, and with economic struggles, a new bill in Congress, and wage protests around the country, there has never been more need for a common ground solution. To debate the question, “Should Michigan raise the minimum wage?” the Hauenstein Center hosted a forum featuring Jarrett Skorup from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Yannet Lathrop from the Michigan League for Public Policy. These two experts worked through the complex arguments on each side in search of actionable common ground.

http://hauensteincenter.org/coffee-house-debates/

http://hauensteincenter.org/should-michigan-raise-the-minimum-wage/

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1/8-Wheelhouse Talks – Mayor George Heartwell

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January 8, 2014

George Heartwell
Mayor of Grand Rapids

Innovative, progressive, third-term mayor of Grand Rapids with a passion for the well-being of the environment and community. Previous positions: President and CEO of Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community, Director of the Community Leadership Institute at Aquinas, and ordained minister for the United Church of Christ at Heartside Ministry.

http://hauensteincenter.org/george-heartwell/

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