Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies

Constitution Day speaker: Founding Fathers wanted active legislative branch in religious freedom cases

Vincent Phillip Muñoz, the Tocqueville Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, discussed the intent of the Founding Fathers when it came to the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause.

Sep 20, 2023

Hauenstein panel: Middle class essential to empowered citizenship

The middle class' declining economic power poses the greatest threat to empowering American democracy and its citizens, according to the two speakers at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies' premiere event of its 2023-2024 season.

Sep 8, 2023

Events at Hauenstein Center focused on empowered citizenship

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies begins its 23rd year of programming with a series of panels and discussions examining the role of citizenship on national and global scales.

Aug 31, 2023

Cook Leadership Academy honors its 2023 fellows

The Cook Leadership Academy recognized its cohort of fellows for 2023 during its graduation celebration on April 27 at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Apr 28, 2023

Amid the political vitriol, public officials see reasons for optimism

Kent County Health Officer Adam London and former U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer discussed the vitriol they faced as public leaders and how citizens can counter it during their keynote discussion on political violence at the Hauenstein Center's Progressive/Conservative Summit.

Apr 24, 2023

Panelists at final Talking Together program will discuss collaboration across differences

The virtual event on April 20 coincides with the National Week of Conversation.

Apr 17, 2023

Panelists at Talking Together event will share views about repairing a divided country

Panelists from divergent backgrounds will lead discussion and share their views about repairing a divided country during the March 23 Talking Together events.

Mar 20, 2023

Hauenstein Center panel discusses region's housing shortage, solutions

Grand Rapids and Kent County face a shortage of affordable housing that will have detrimental effects on the region's livability and appeal, unless more partnerships are nurtured and communities can implement strategies.

Mar 17, 2023

New Hauenstein Center director has strong ties to organization

Following a national search, Megan Rydecki was selected as the Hauenstein Center's executive director in December. She began her new position in early January and brings extensive experience in leadership roles across several industries.

Mar 2, 2023

Author reveals inside look at White House relationships

Kate Andersen Brower shared anecdotes and stories from her books detailing the relationships among presidents and the vice presidents, first ladies and the White House support staff during the Hauenstein Center's Presidents' Day Celebration.

Feb 22, 2023