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Hauenstein Center Coffee House Debate with Donijo Robbins and Mark Hoffman

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


  • L. William Seidman Center


The recent government shutdown reopened a debate as old as 1776: What is the proper size and scope of government? Conservatives believe Big Government is the problem, especially at the federal level. Liberals counter that the nation’s social and economic challenges have become too unwieldy for market mechanisms alone to handle. Both sides agree that there is waste, fraud, and abuse to eliminate, and both sides agree that the aim of public policy is human flourishing. But is that where consensus between conservatives and liberals ends? To debate the size and scope of the federal government today, the Hauenstein Center is hosting a forum featuring Mark Hoffman and Donijo Robbins, both professors in GVSU’s School of Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration. These two lively disputants will not only air their differences (Mark leans liberal; Donijo leans conservative), but they will also explore the possibilities of principled compromise and actionable common ground between liberals and conservatives when it comes to the size and scope of government.

Join the Hauenstein Center’s inaugural Coffee House Debate, an exciting new program of our Common Ground Initiative.



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