Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies

Democratic socialism isn't new in America: President Johnson's "Great Society" had roots in the European welfare state

As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders surges in popularity in early Democratic Party primaries, signaling a significant shift of the party to the left, the idea of democratic socialism is taking on new life in some of the party's policy recommendations. Some candidates seeking the Democratic nomination demonstrate this new-found popularity in what they propose on the national stage. While some of these views are seen as generational, many young voters don't know the full extent of democratic socialism's past.

Feb 27, 2020


Why Presidents' Day should focus more on George Washington

Presidents' Day in 21st century America tends to focus on sales for mattresses and household furniture; a holiday that's become "vanilla" from its intended roots, according to Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley. 

Feb 17, 2020


Stories from the Tripartite Pact, Pearl Harbor, and the start of World War II

Pia Kurusu White was just a girl when her father, the late Saburo Kurusu, took part in two significant events in 1940 and 1941 that led to the beginning of the United States' involvement in World War II, but she vividly remembers her father's recounting of the hours before the attacks on Pearl Harbor and his role in signing the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy.

Feb 5, 2020


"Separate but Equal" and racial inequality in America

The phrase "separate but equal" is something many Americans have come to associate with part of the long fight for equal rights. But few of those Americans know the details about how the foundation of "separate but equal" came to be.

Jan 22, 2020


Hauenstein Center to host experts on George Marshall, Arthur Vandenberg

Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host authors David Roll and Hank Meijer for a discussion about two leaders who were fundamental to the implementation of the Marshall Plan in post-WW II Europe. 

Dec 9, 2019


Hauenstein Center will host expert to discuss equality and the Declaration of Independence

The concept that "all men are created equal" is a concept that has been enshrined in the American political spirit since it was included in the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  But do Americans fully understand the language and context of the Declaration, especially when it comes to equality? Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host political philosopher and director of Harvard University's Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, Danielle Allen, to discuss the topic.

Nov 5, 2019


Hauenstein Center speaker to discuss presidential character

With a presidential election just more than a year away, Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is hosting a speaker who will examine the importance of the personal character of a president.

Oct 20, 2019


Constitution expert Jeffrey Rosen to present at Hauenstein Center event

Controversial issues including attempts to change states' abortion laws, questions about citizenship on the 2020 Census, and voting and electoral rights have all been in the spotlight in 2019, and much of the guidance about how these issues may be resolved is included in a single document: the Constitution of the United States.  To celebrate Constitution Day, Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is hosting Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

Sep 23, 2019


International alliances to be focus of Hauenstein Center event

Around the world, international alliances and partnerships are increasingly under scrutiny, with the U.K. poised to leave the European Union and tensions between the United States and Iran are escalated from the U.S. pullout from the Iran nuclear deal.  With these current international pressures in mind, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University will host its first Common Ground Initiative event of the season, a presentation by historian and best-selling author Lynne Olson.

Sep 1, 2019


Grand Valley alumnus awarded highly selective Phi Kappa Phi fellowship

A Grand Valley alumnus has been awarded a highly competitive scholarship by Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society.  Scott St. Louis of Midland, Michigan, was selected as a recipient of a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship, named after the society's founder. St. Louis is one of only six recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious $20,000 fellowship.

Jul 25, 2019