Hauenstein Center releases Fall Speaker Series lineup

Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies has released a fall lineup of speakers and events that will cover topics including living in a mid-pandemic world, the 2020 Election, the centennial of women’s suffrage and more.

The Hauenstein Center will offer its fall speaker series in virtual format due to COVID-19, with events presented live on Zoom. 

Speakers and topics will include the following:

Paula Monopoli
Paula Monopoli
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Eva Feldman
Eva Feldman
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Ari Weinzweig
Ari Weinzweig
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Paula Monopoli, Centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment

7 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2020


In celebrating Constitution Day and the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, the Hauenstein Center will host Paula Monopoli, the founding director of the Women, Leadership, & Equality Program at Maryland Carey, who will discuss her new book, Constitutional Orphan: Gender Equality and the Nineteenth Amendment. Monopoli will explore the roles of suffragists in the constitutional development of the Nineteenth Amendment. The former director of the Hauenstein Center, Gleaves Whitney, who is currently the executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation will moderate the discussion.

Eva Feldman, M.D., PhD; The Leadership Thread Between Research and Practice

4 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2020


Eva Feldman is an accomplished leader in the healthcare industry who serves as a bridge between basic science in the lab and clinical science with patients, focusing on those with neuromuscular diseases. Feldman will discuss balancing clinical work while leading a research team, share lessons in leadership gained through a trailblazing medical career.

Tenth Annual Progressive/Conservative Summit: 2020 Election Panel

7 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2020


In a society of 24-hour news cycles and political pundits, weaving through information becomes an increasingly complex task, especially in the wake of COVID-19 and the advent of our digital lives. Our current presidential election cycle has been, in some ways, subverted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to adjust to our hybrid lives of online and in-person, we become easily siloed in an echo chamber of our own beliefs. The Hauenstein Center will collaborate with Grand Valley’s Department of Political Science to present a panel discussion on the 2020 presidential election.

Ari Weinzweig: The Power of Beliefs in Business 

7 p.m., Thursday, November 12, 2020 


Although most of us don’t realize it, our beliefs have a major impact on how things go in our lives. What we believe may or may not be true, but unknowingly most of us will behave in ways that reinforce our beliefs anyway. In this presentation, Ari Weinzweig, Co-Founder and CEO of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, will take a look at how the impact of our beliefs likely plays out in our day-to-day experiences in the workplace. 

Louie the Laker in a mask.
Navigating a Post-Pandemic World
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Kasey Pipes
Kasey Pipes
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America’s New Normal: Navigating A Post-Pandemic World 

7 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2020 


“When will our lives get back to normal?” This question puzzled experts in the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it was soon evident our global economy would not return to normal, at least not in the sense we as citizens knew. By looking to leaders across society, the United States must use a holistic approach to establishing our new normal. The Hauenstein Center is pleased to present a panel of West Michigan leaders to discuss America’s “new normal.” Panelists will share their perspectives on COVID-19, the 2020 election, and other seismic shifts in our economy and society in recent years. The panel will feature Tasha Blackmon, President and CEO of Cherry Health; Paul Isely, professor of economics at Grand Valley; Winnie Brinks, State Senator of Michigan’s 29th District; and Jeffrey Polet, professor of political philosophy at Hope College. 

Kasey Pipes: The Resurrection of Richard Nixon – Our Elder Statesman 

7 p.m., Thursday, December 10, 2020 


In August of 1974, Richard Nixon became the first and only president to resign from office. Nevertheless, within a decade of his resignation, Nixon found himself advising on campaign strategy, foreign policy, and U.S-Soviet summit meetings. He even represented the U.S at state funerals. Serving informally during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Administrations, Nixon became a valued elder statesman. Kasey S. Pipes, former advisor to President George W. Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, joins us to discuss his recent book, After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon.

For more information on these events or the Hauenstein Center, visit the Hauenstein Center website.