Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies

Forge your character and build a foundation: MLK Week speaker

The Hauenstein Center and the Office of Inclusion & Equity welcomed TaRita Johnson as their event's keynote speaker as part of Grand Valley's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week.

Jan 19, 2024

Area educational institutions partner to bring Melissa Harris-Perry as speaker during MLK event

The author and educator will give three presentations in West Michigan, including during a January 16 event at the Kirkhof Center.

Jan 8, 2024

Wheelhouse Talks series to feature KCON's Tricia Thomas

The Wheelhouse Talks, a signature program of the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy, presents leaders from a variety of backgrounds to share their philosophies and expertise with the Laker community.

Nov 30, 2023

Cook Leadership Academy alumni return to speak with academy students

Students in the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy will hear from program alumni on October 27 about the importance of empowerment through their communities.

Oct 25, 2023

Faye Richardson-Green will share life experiences in lecture series

The talk opens the 2023-2024 Wheelhouse Talks and the Meijer Lecture Series, which present leaders from a variety of backgrounds to share their philosophies and expertise with the Grand Valley community.

Sep 26, 2023

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