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1/17-Race and the American Dream with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Jason Riley

7 PM, Room 215, L.V. Eberhard Center
301 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

American conversations about race are defined by the sobering realities of history and the poignant echoes of memory. Given the complexity of the past and the fractured nature of our present moment, no easy solution exists for the vexing problem of racial inequality. However, on an issue of such enduring importance, progressives and conservatives must recognize the common ground that we all can share: a firm belief in the value of learning and teaching together.

In commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Hauenstein Center is proud to partner with Grand Valley’s Division of Inclusion and Equity to host an event on race and the American Dream. Nikole Hannah-Jones, award-winning staff writer at The New York Times Magazine,will join Jason Riley, columnist and editorial board member at The Wall Street Journal, for a dialogue on the progress that has been made since the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the challenges that continue to exist, in the pursuit of a more equitable society.

1/20-Julie Metty Bennett-The Wheelhouse Talks

4 PM, Friday, January 20, 2017
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center, 401 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI

Julie is a principal and senior vice president for Public Sector Consultants (PSC), one of Michigan’s most respected public policy research and program management firms. Her love for well-conceived public policy starts with a love for the environment. Twenty years of research in this arena, coupled with her shrewd sense of what is practical and possible, have made Julie an expert on both state and national levels.

Responsible for PSC’s energy and environment practice, Julie’s leadership and collegial management style has produced tangible solutions for some of the state’s most vexing problems. Leading groundbreaking research on electric reliability and capacity, creating and managing multimillion-dollar nonprofits, and facilitating the governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission—Julie’s influence on issues that affect people’s lives and their natural resources is profound. Additionally, she spends a significant portion of her time leading the firm and developing a diverse staff to realize the company’s vision.

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