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Hauenstein Center director to discuss cultural, political divides

  • Gleaves Whitney poses for a photograph with his arms crossed against a black background.

Posted on November 30, 2018

The 2016 election of Donald Trump, Kavanaugh hearings, and 2018 midterm elections have stirred up deep emotions about what kind of nation America is and should be. Conservative and progressive debates over the meaning of these events have opened old wounds and created new injuries in our body politic. 

Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, will address the divide in the country, and explain why failure to resolve our most difficult challenges is not an option.

"Fortunately, America has usually had enough people of goodwill who want to work with others over the divide of their differences," Whitney said. "A major aim of the Hauenstein Center is to tap this civic energy by enlightening, encouraging, and empowering Americans to seek common ground for the common good." 

Gleaves Whitney: Common Ground?

Wednesday, December 5, 7 p.m.

Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center

401 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested at

Whitney will lead a searching exploration of how we can do better — and be better — as a people. 

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