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12/10-Louis Menand: The Marketplace of Ideas

Louis Menand: The Marketplace of Ideas
7 PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium,
Richard M. DeVos Center
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Often we hear that the purpose of a university in the 21st century is to produce skilled workers for the labor force or to cultivate good citizens for a healthy democracy. Louis Menand, professor of English at Harvard and contributing writer at The New Yorker, challenges those basic assumptions with rigor, clarity, and wit. Targets of Menand’s insightful analysis are questions we ask with increasing regularity: Why do all professors tend to be Democrats? What happened to general education and the liberal arts? Are the humanities really in crisis?

As universities across the nation redefine themselves to meet the demands of the 21st century, Louis Menand continues to prove a powerful and important critic of higher education and of the public that universities are called to serve.

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The full video of Louis Menand’s keynote is available to Hauenstein Center members and to the Grand Valley State University community. Access for those individuals is available by emailing hc@gvsu.edu.

Louis Menand Q&A

Gleaves Whitney on Ralph Hauenstein

11/20-Leader Lab Winter 2015

In our Leader Lab series, our Cook Leadership Academy fellows explore the connections between leadership and their own experiences. These fellows then speak about their experiences to the full cohort, giving the speakers an opportunity to gain valuable public speaking experience while also encouraging other fellows to examine the leadership path in their own lives. This semester’s Leader Lab featured DeMario Bell, Meghan Jordon, and Yah-Hanna Jenkins Leys.

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11/17-Character and the Presidency with Keynote with Richard Norton Smith

November 17, 2015

Title: Character and the Presidency with keynote by Richard Norton Smith
6 PM, November 17, 2015.
Richard M. DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

This year we launched an exciting multi-year series on Character and the Presidency, an annual event that will explore an area in which both Democrats and Republicans have a stake in finding common ground.

This year, historian and presidential biographer Richard Norton Smith spoke on the character of President Gerald R. Ford.

The event also included a panel discussion featuring a growing list of scholars including Hendrik Booraem, Jason Duncan, Grand Valley’s own Donald Zinman, and others.

This program was generously supported by the The Secchia Family and The Meijer Foundation.

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11/13-Mike Jandernoa: The Wheelhouse Talks

November 13, 2015: Mike Jandernoa
3:30-4:30, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium
Richard M. DeVos Center

Embracing connections between the business sector and the community, Mike Jandernoa is a long-time businessman and contributor to Grand Rapids’s growth. Having worked his way up the executive ranks of Perrigo Company, Mike now applies his business acumen in the community.

Beyond his leadership at Perrigo, Mike is also the founder of both Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring, a business coaching initiative, and 42 North Partners, a family office focusing on investments, entrepreneurship, and community.

 

 

 

 

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10/22-Evan Thomas: Being Nixon: A Man Divided

Title: Evan Thomas: Being Nixon: A Man Divided
October 22, 2015
7 PM, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Auditorium.
303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


In Being Nixon, Evan Thomas peels away the layers of the complex figure who became America’s thirty-seventh president. Being Nixon offers a surprising look at a man capable of great bravery and extraordinary deviousness—a balanced portrait of a president often reduced to caricature. With the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library, & Museum, we welcome Evan Thomas to speak about his latest book, Being Nixon: A Man Divided.

 

 

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10/8-Helen Fisher: The Biology of Leadership

October 8, 2015

Title: Helen Fisher: The Biology of Leadership
October 8, 2015
7 PM. Richard M. DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

According to Dr. Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist at the Kinsey Institute and Chief Scientific Advisor to Match.com, approximately 50% of who we are stems from our individual biology. With the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative, the Hauenstein Center welcomed Helen Fisher, who used data collected from studies of 10 million people as well as her expertise in genetics and neurochemistry to discuss four essential styles of leadership and how they differ.

10/2-Megan Sall: The Wheelhouse Talks

Title: The Wheelhouse Talks: Megan Sall
3:30-4:30 PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Megan Sall was appointed to the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees in 2015. She currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. Sall is Business Development Manager for The Right Place. Sall holds a bachelor of arts degree from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University.

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9/24-Bruce Frohnen: The Constitution and Religion: Allies, Adversaries, or Something Else?


Title: Bruce Frohnen: The Constitution and Religion: Allies, Adversaries, or Something Else?
7 PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Contemporary debates about the Constitution often center on one question: whether our Constitution requires a “wall of separation between church and state” or was written by and for a Christian people with Christian values. Bruce Frohnen will ask whether the drama of this debate has made us lose sight of a deeper truth: that perhaps our Constitution leaves room for communities to make their own decisions about fundamental moral issues.

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9/17-Screening of Best of Enemies

Title: Free Screening of Best of Enemies
7 PM, Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids Woodland
3195 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

At the height of the civic unrest in 1968, television news changed forever. During the Democratic and Republican national conventions, two towering public intellectuals—William F. Buckley, the intellectual leader and firebrand of the new conservative movement; and Gore Vidal, a novelist and polemicist of the left —debated live on ABC.

The new documentary, Best of Enemies, explores the debate and its fallout. The Hauenstein Center’s Common Ground Initiative launched this academic year’s events at Celebration! Cinema Woodland with a screening of the documentary. GVSU commentators Toni Perrine, Benjamin Lockerd, and Paul Murphy led the panel discussion for our free screening of Best of Enemies.

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9/11-Charles Pazdernik: The Wheelhouse Talks

September 11, 2015

Title: The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik
3:30-4:30. Richard M. DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

A graduate of Cornell, Oxford, and Princeton, GVSU Classics Professor Charles Pazdernik has been recognized for his teaching, scholarship, and university leadership. Dedicated to his students’ growth, he instills in them the wisdom of the past and encourages them to “Plan Big.” Prof. Pazdernik’s own plans, however, were upended when he sustained a permanently disabling spinal cord injury last year. As he makes his return to his students and colleagues, he reflects upon what the ancient Greeks and Romans can tell us about overcoming obstacles.

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7/14-Awarding of the Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship and William E. Simon Lecture

On July 14th, the Hauenstein Center joined with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in celebrating the birthday of President Gerald R. Ford. The keynote speaker at the event, former Secretary of the Treasury and former member of Gerald R. Ford’s presidential staff Paul O’Neill, was awarded the Hauenstein Center’s highest honor, the COL Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship. Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center, had the following remarks (a transcript is available below the video):

On behalf of Grand Valley State University and the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, I am delighted to join you in commemorating Gerald R. Ford on his 102nd birthday. Thank you, Susan, and the rest of the Ford family, as well as Joe Calvaruso and our colleagues at the Ford Presidential Foundation, Library & Museum for hosting this year’s William E. Simon luncheon honoring the 72nd treasurer of the United States, Paul H. O’Neill.

I am proud to be joined on stage by David Hooker, who chairs Grand Valley’s Board of Trustees, and by Gayle Davis, who is our provost at GVSU.

Now, there’s a man wanted to join us today because he was friends with President Ford, and he recently celebrated his 103rd birthday – Ralph Hauenstein. [applause] Ralph and Jerry were friends for 80 years – from the time they competed in high school sports in the late 1920s till the last cocktail they enjoyed with each other, reminiscing over West Michigan and what a special place it is to live and work here.

Ralph and Jerry cherished their friendship and all that they shared in common – their West Michigan roots, their Republican politics, and their commitment to public service. What President Ford appreciated about Ralph was the leadership he exercised in every sector he entered. Ralph was:

-a civic and media leader when he was city editor of the Grand Rapids Herald;
-a military hero in World War II when he headed up General Eisenhower’s intelligence operations in the European Theater;
-an entrepreneurial leader in the global business community;
-a leader of international repute in his church;
-and a leader in philanthropy in our community, making a world of difference at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, the Ford Presidential Library and Museum, the Van Andel Institute, St. Mary’s Hospital, and many, many other organizations that have benefited from his generosity and vision.

Now, Ralph never ran for public office, but he is a discerning judge of character and recognizes excellence in candidates. That’s why he never wavered in his support for Jerry Ford, from his first congressional run in 1948 to his last bid for the presidency in 1976.

The lives of these two American heroes – Ralph Hauenstein and Jerry Ford – intertwine and provide the context for the COL Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship, given by Grand Valley State University and its Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, to Americans of stature – Americans who have devoted their lives to serving our nation at the highest levels.

Secretary O’Neill: Ralph Hauenstein and the Center that bears his name are proud to recognize you because of your exemplary life of leadership and service. You are only the sixth recipient of this prestigious fellowship – the first was our 38th President, Gerald R. Ford. Thank you for all that you have done to demonstrate integrity in public office and thereby make our nation stand a little taller in the world. [applause]

[The medal and citation are handed over to the recipient.]

Now, Ralph wants you to know that this is not an end-of-life award. He regards you as a youngster, so he’s expecting many more great things from you in the coming years!

WGVU summarized the entirety of the event in this section of WGVU News.

5/15-PTSD Conference — ‘The Hidden Wounds of War’

“The Hidden Wounds of War PTSD Conference”

Since the beginning of time — at least since Homer’s Iliad — veterans and their families have struggled with the silent epidemic of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries sustained during combat and other difficult situations that arise in military service. The Hidden Wounds of War conference brings awareness and education to the community about treatments and resources. The Hauenstein Center is proud to have cohosted its third Hidden Wounds of War conference

4/30 Finding the Lost Region: Rediscovering the Midwest

April 30-May 1 “Finding the Lost Region: A Conference on Rediscovering the Midwest, America’s Most Common Ground.”

What can the culture and history of the Midwest tell us about the development of democracy, the expansion of industry, and the flourishing of pluralism in America?

In comparison to such regions as the South, the far West, and New England, the Midwest and its culture—the history of its peoples and places; its literature, music, and art; the complexity and richness of its landscapes—has sadly been neglected. And this neglect is both scholarly and popular: historians as well as literary and art critics tend not to examine the Midwest seriously in their academic work, while the myth of the Midwest has not, in the popular imagination, ascended to the level of the proud, literary South; the cultured, democratic Northeast; or the hip, innovative West Coast.

Nevertheless, the Midwest has a history and culture well worth exploring, analyzing, and bragging about. The purpose of our conference, titled “Finding the Lost Region: A Conference on Rediscovering the Midwest,” is to excite interest in the Midwest as a region with its own rich, nuanced, and varied history and culture. Our conference will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions on the history, literature, and art of the Midwest, Midwestern leadership and statesmanship, and the budding field of Midwestern Studies. We are inviting numerous scholars—historians, literary critics, geographers—to present on their work on Midwestern life and culture. With this summit we hope to start a conversation on the Midwest that engages the scholarly and popular imagination; most importantly, we hope to start a conversation that lasts.

This conference was co-sponsored by the Earhart Foundation, the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation, and the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.

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Schedule of Events:

Thursday April 30th:

Welcome: Gleaves Whitney, 8:00 am
Introduction: Jon Lauck, 8:15 am

The Midwest as a Region: 9:00-10:15 am
How Nature and Culture Shaped Early Settlement in the Midwest: James E. Davis, Illinois College
First Cousins: The Civil War’s Impact on Midwestern Identity: Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University
Regionalist Thought in the Midwest: Michael C. Steiner, California State University-Fullerton
Chair: Jon Butler, Yale University

The Midwest’s People: 10:30 – 11:45 am
American and European Immigrant Groups in the Midwest by the mid Nineteenth
Century: Gregory S. Rose, The Ohio State University-Marion
The Native American Midwest: Susan Gray, Arizona State University
Politics in the Promised Land: How the Great Migration Shaped the American Midwest:
Jeffrey Helgeson, Texas State University
Chair: Joe Hogan, Hauenstein Center

Lunch: 11:45-12:45
Keynote: 12:45-1:45 – Hank Meijer

The Iconic Midwest: 2:00-3:45 pm
The Small Town: John Miller, South Dakota State University
The Midwest as an Economic Engine before World War I: David Good, University of Minnesota
The Agrarian Midwest: Chris Laingen, Eastern Illinois University
Chair: Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Iowa State University

Midwestern Landscapes: 4:00-5:45 pm
River Culture: Mike Allen, University of Washington-Tacoma
The Midwest’s Spiritual Landscapes: Jon Butler, Yale University
The Development of Midwestern Cities: Jon Teaford, Purdue University
Chair: James E. Davis, Illinois College

Break: 5:45-7:00
Keynote: 7:00 – Speaker: Colin Woodard

Friday May 1:

The Midwest’s Voices: 8:30-10:00 am
Midwestern Regionalists: Then and Now: Zachary Michael Jack, North Central College
Midwestern Intellectuals: James Seaton, Michigan State University
Midwestern Musicians: James Leary, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Midwestern Writers: The Third Wave: David Pichaske, Southwest Minnesota State University
Chair: Michael C. Steiner, California State University-Fullerton

The Midwestern Experience: 10:15 am – 11:45 pm
Civic Life in a Midwestern Community: Paula Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Growing Up Midwestern: Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Iowa State University
The Role of Sports in the Midwest: David McMahon, Kirkwood College
Midwestern Identity since World War II: Joe Anderson, Mount Royal University
Chair: John E. Miller, South Dakota State University

Lunch: 11:45-12:45 pm
Keynote: 12:45-1:45 pm – Joe Amato, Southwest Minnesota State University

Press Panel Discussion: 2:00-3:45 pm
Monica Davey, New York Times
Ben Kesling, Wall Street Journal
Jennifer Day, Chicago Tribune

Panel Discussion on Reviving Interest in the Midwest as a Region: 4:00-5:45 pm
Reflections on the Limited Appeal of Midwestern History: Andrew Cayton, Miami University
Steps Toward Reviving Midwestern History: Jon Lauck, University of South Dakota
Publishing Books about Midwestern History: Catherine Cocks, University of Iowa Press
The Future of the History of the Midwest: Joe Anderson, Mount Royal University

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4/15-Lecture — ‘The Education of Gerald R. Ford’

“The Education of Gerald R. Ford”

To celebrate 50 years of quality teacher preparation programs at Grand Valley State University, the College of Education is hosted a 4-part lecture/panel series that toke place throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. All events in the series focused on the theme of REFLECTIONS & PREDICTIONS as we explored the past and looked towards the future of education.

Susan Ford Bales and Dr. Hendrik Booraem explained what education was like for her parents, President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford. The lecture also discussed President Ford’s signing of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975, which provided equal access to education for children with physical and mental disabilities.

Open Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Lecture/panel from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

L. William Seidman Center
GVSU Pew Campus, Downtown Grand Rapids

This event was part of the College of Education’s 50th Anniversary Golden Lecture Series.

4/2-American Conversations–Cornel West and Robert P. George

April 2 “A Workable Armistice in the Culture Wars? A Dialogue Between Cornel West and Robert P. George”

Keynote speakers Robert P. George (left) and Cornel West (right).

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Cornel West and Robert P. George are both professors at Princeton. Beyond that, they seem to share little at all in common. West is a progressive race and political theorist; George is a conservative philosopher of Jurisprudence and Natural Law. An outsider would imagine these intellectual titans clashing spectacularly over the biggest issues—over politics, religion, and philosophy. Instead, George and West have developed a productive collaboration and friendship at Princeton. They teach classes together, dialogue together, and mentor students who report that the experience of seeing the two professors debate civilly has this effect: it reveals how two brilliant thinkers, each with immense goodwill, can examine a host of issues, disagree about well-nigh all of them, and still learn from and respect one another. Professors West and George, in their joint lecture, talked about their productive friendship and its implications for the pursuit of common ground in politics and the academy.

To learn more about Cornel West and Robert P. George as well as their scholarship and philosophies, click on the links provided below.

Cornel West:

http://www.cornelwest.com/

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/cornel-west

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/opinion/martin-luther-king-jr-would-want-a-revolution-not-a-memorial.html

Robert P. George:

http://web.princeton.edu/sites/jmadison/people/george.html

http://www.firstthings.com/featured-author/robert-p-george

http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/07/10622/

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3/30-Former Michigan Governor John Engler visits the Hauenstein Center

March 30 “Engler Speaks to Students, Faculty, and Community on Education, Economy, and Leadership”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 30, 2015
GVSU Pew Campus, Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Former Michigan Governor John Engler visited GVSU’s Pew Campus for a two-part event on Monday, March 30, 2015. He discussed the importance of improving educational performance and the need for tax reform in an increasingly competitive global economy with Gleaves Whitney, Director of GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, at the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture. Later, he spoke with Cook Leadership Academy student fellows about his experience as a college student and becoming the youngest person ever elected to the Michigan House of Representative.

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3/12-American Conversations — Andrew Kaufman

March 12, 7 PM “Andrew Kaufman: Give War and Peace a Chance”

Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU DeVos Center, Downtown Grand Rapids

Keynote speaker Andrew Kaufman (center) with Ralph Hauenstein (right) and Hauenstein Center Director Gleaves Whitney (left).

 

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Considered by many critics the greatest novel ever written, Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is also one of the most feared. And at 1,500 pages, it’s no wonder why. War and Peace is many things. It is a love story, a family saga, a war novel. But at its core it’s a novel about human beings attempting to create meaningful lives for themselves in a country torn apart by war, social change, political intrigue, and spiritual confusion. The novel is, above all, a mirror of all times, even ours.

In this American Conversations keynote, internationally renowned Tolstoy expert Andrew Kaufman guided us through Give War and Peace A Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times, his critically acclaimed companion to Tolstoy’s mammoth novel. Kaufman took his audience on a journey through War and Peace that reframed their very understanding of what it means to live through troubled times and survive them. Touching on a broad range of topics, from courage to romance, success to idealism, Kaufman demonstrated how Tolstoy’s wisdom applies to the social and political discord of our own times, and how reading Tolstoy can help us live fuller, more meaningful lives. The ideal companion to War and Peace, Kaufman’s lecture was enjoyable to those who have never read a word of Tolstoy, making that masterpiece more approachable, relevant, and fun.

For more information about Andrew Kaufman’s scholarship, explore the links provided below.

http://andrewdkaufman.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlQNLDth_-U

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/changing-the-way-juvenile-offenders-see-themselves–one-book-at-a-time/2014/12/19/1e158c22-8616-11e4-a702-fa31ff4ae98e_story.html

http://www.warandpeacetolstoy.com/#.

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3/11-Wheelhouse Talks — Hilary Snell

March 11, 2015 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Speaker Hillary Snell (left) and Hauenstein Center Director Gleaves Whitney.

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Inquisitive with a strong legal mind, Hilary Snell has long been a prominent member of the Grand Rapids community. A graduate of Colgate University and the University of Michigan Law School, Snell serves at Varnum, L.L.P., where he has been a managing partner. He has also been chairman of the board at Spectrum Health, Priority Health, and the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. He currently chairs the Hauenstein Center advisory cabinet.

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2/11-Wheelhouse Talks — Rosalynn Bliss

February 11, 2015 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Speaker Rosalynn Bliss (center) with GVSU President Thomas J. Haas (right) and Hauenstein Center Director Gleaves Whitney.

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Community leader and advocate for the defenseless, Grand Rapids Second Ward City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss is a fierce representative of her constituents and of homeless youth. Recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for her local and statewide leadership in child welfare and community outreach, Rosalynn continues to positively impact the quality of life in Grand Rapids.

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2/3-Coffee House Debates – Is Citizens United Good for American Democracy?

February 3, 2015 – 7 PM, GVSU DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

401 Fulton St. West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Left to right: Gleaves Whitney, Ian Millhiser, Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman, Hans von Spakovsky, and Joe Hogan

 

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Does unlimited political spending help or hinder democracy? The landmark Supreme Court Case, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, in which the United States Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional any government restrictions on political spending by nonprofit corporations, has deeply divided the nation. Some argue that the decision protects the First Amendment: anyone, including corporations, should be allowed to exercise their free speech rights through political spending. Others argue that the very spirit of the First Amendment—free speech for all, regardless of class and income—is undermined when corporations can spend exponentially more on political speech than the average citizen. On February 3rd, two legal experts—Ian Millhiser from the Center for American Progress and Hans von Spakovsky from the Heritage Foundation—debated Citizens United and its implications on the role of money in politics and the nature of free speech in America. Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman served as moderator for this debate.

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1/22-American Conversations – Alfred Mele

January 22, 2015 – 7 PM, GVSU DeVos Center, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

401 Fulton St. West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

American Conversations speaker Alfred Mele (right) with Hauenstein Center director, Gleaves Whitney.

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Does free will exist? The question has fueled debate among philosophers, psychologists, and theologians. A popular argument among neuroscientists and social psychologists is that free will is illusory—that our words and actions arise not from rational choice, but from unconscious predispositions and social conditioning. But according to philosopher Alfred Mele, the case against free will actually leaves much room for doubt. In Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will, Mele examined the major experiments that free will deniers cite, and explained how they don’t provide the solid evidence for which they have been touted. Mele argued, instead, that conscious decisions play an important role in our lives, and knowledge about situational influences can allow people to respond to those influences rationally rather than with blind obedience. Mele’s clear-eyed exploration of the meaning and ramifications of free will, particularly on our moral and political decision-making, made this an essential American Conversation.

This Hauenstein Center event was supported by the GVSU Department of Philosophy.

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To learn more about Dr. Mele’s work and its implications for philosophy, neuroscience, politics, and ethics, please follow these links:

An interview about Dr. Mele’s recent $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation

BigThink video interview with Dr. Mele

Dr. Mele’s profile at Florida State University, with bibliography

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1/14-Wheelhouse Talks – Judge Sara Smolenski

January 14, 2015 – 12:30-1:30 PM Seidman College of Business – Charles W. Loosemore Forum Room

50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Speaker Judge Sara Smolenski (left) with Hauenstein Center director, Gleaves Whitney.

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January 14, 2015 – A native of Grand Rapids, Judge Sara Smolenski is highly regarded as a community leader for her work both in and out of the courtroom. Not only the longstanding Chief Judge of the 63rd District Court of Michigan, Judge Smolenski is also a strong advocate for education, prevention of violence against women, and community engagement. Recognized throughout Grand Rapids for her public service and sense of humor, the Hauenstein Center shared her view of leadership from the bench and beyond.

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