Grand Forum is a member-based educational program for adults 55 years and older who are eager to both learn and engage with peers. Grand Forum provides an opportunity for members to meet in an academic setting for the purpose of intellectual stimulation and social exchange.
Members come from a variety of backgrounds and areas, and include GVSU alumni, staff, faculty, retirees and community members from all educational backgrounds. The diversity of the group leads to thought-provoking and challenging questions and discussion about timely topics.
Spring 2024 Seminar Schedule
February 28, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
What Are You Going to Do with That? Career-Pathways and Possibilities for Students Majoring in the Humanities
March 14, 2024 6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Speaker and Program Archive
Enjoy these two sample Grand Forum programs from our last session in May 2023! These videos showcase what Grand Forum strives for: an opportunity to learn from an expert in a specific area and then the ability for Grand Forum members to ask questions and converse with others.
Protecting Trees from Invasive Species
State of Grand Rapids with Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
“The Grand Forum impressed me because it is a member-directed activity. I see Grand Forum members at many university activities and events. This is really a wonderful demonstration of embracing lifelong education.”
—Patricia Lipetzky, Former Dean of Continuing Education
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Grand Forum for?
The Grand Forum is an educational outreach program for adults 55 and older who are eager to learn, love to meet new people, and enjoy discussing impactful topics with their peers.
How much does it cost?
Membership for the Grand Forum is $150 per person per year. For this moderately priced membership fee, Grand Forum provides access to a series of special lectures. These intellectually stimulating programs are taught by community leaders, faculty from area colleges and universities as well as experts from a variety of diverse disciplines. Programming will take place in-person at GVSU’s downtown campus and will also be available virtually through a Zoom webinar.
What can I expect?
In addition to spending time with friends, you'll have plenty of opportunities to make new ones. As a member, you are invited to attend sixteen (16) in-person special programs throughout the year. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and areas, such as alumni, GVSU retirees and community members. The diversity of the group leads to thought-provoking and challenging questions and comments after the presentation.
What is expected of me?
Through presentations and discussions, the Grand Forum provides a broad spectrum of stimulating programs in a setting that encourages lively discussion. An interest in learning is an essential part of your membership. You will also need to RSVP for each event you wish to attend.
Do I have to live in the Grand Rapids area?
Grand Forum programs are made available to members in a hybrid format. Members can choose to attend presentations in person or can tune in online.