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11/21 – American Conversations – Amity Shlaes: Coolidge
November 21 – 7 PM – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
Amity Shlaes delivers a brilliant and provocative reexamination of Calvin Coolidge and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership. Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited. Renowned as a throwback, Coolidge was in fact strikingly modern—an advocate of women’s suffrage and a radio pioneer. At once a revision of man and economics, Coolidge gestures to the country we once were and reminds us of qualities we had forgotten and can use today. This event is in partnership with the Acton Institute and Gerald R. Ford Foundation and Museum.
12/4 – Jason Duncan – John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism
December 4 - 7 PM – Loosemore Auditorium
401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI
John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism
Fifty years after his death, John F. Kennedy’s legacy is often overshadowed by the shock of his assassination and the revelations concerning his private life. Kennedy governed at a time when political parties were less polarized, the economy was expanding, most Americans recognized the necessity of the Cold War, and trust in the government was at an all-time high. He met that moment in history by encouraging fellow citizens to use the power and wealth of the United States to achieve greatness at home, overseas, and even beyond the limits of the earth. This Hauenstein Center event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library and Museum.
12/12 – American Conversation – Senator Olympia Snowe: Fighting for Common Ground
December 12 - 7 PM – Eberhard Center, GVSU
401 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, Mi.
Fighting for Common Ground: How to Fix the Stalemate in Congress
In this timely call to action, Senator Olympia Snowe explores the roots of her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise. A leading moderate with a reputation for crossing the aisle, she will propose solutions for bridging the partisan divide in Washington, most notably through a citizens’ movement to hold elected officials accountable. Senator Snowe recounts how the tragedies and triumphs of her personal story helped shape her political approach. This event is in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library, and Museum.