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Hauenstein Center hosts expert panelists for discussion on political views

  • Six panelists, moderated by Gleaves Whitney, took part in the discussion on Monday, April 15
  • Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, introduces the panelists.
  • Progressive panelists listen to counterpoints after their opening statements.
  • From left: Noreen Myers, Michael DeWilde, and Paul Murphy.
  • Noreen Myers looks on as Michael DeWilde addresses the audience in Loosemore Auditorium.
  • Noreen Myers addresses written points during her remarks.
  • Barbara Elliott responds to a progressive panelists points during the discussion.
  • Barbara Elliott and Winston Elliott listen to Ted McAllister address the crowd.
  • Winston Elliot speaks to an audience member during the discussion's question-and-answer period.
  • Michael DeWilde speaks during closing statements.
  • An audience member poses a question to the panelists.

Posted on April 18, 2013


Six panelists from around the country took part in a discussion over the roots of progressive and conservative political beliefs on Monday, April 15, at Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium.

The event, called “Why Conservative? Why Progressive?”, brought together three panelists from each of the respective sides of the political equation, not to debate the issues of the day, but to explore the basic concepts and beliefs that characterize each of the groups. It was presented by Grand Valley’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The conservative viewpoint was represented by Barbara Elliot, president of the Center for Cultural Renewal in Houston, Texas; Winston Elliott, editor in chief of The Imaginative Conservative; and Ted McAllister, public policy professor at Pepperdine University and scholar-in-residence at Princeton University. 

The progressive viewpoint was represented by Michael DeWilde, philosophy professor and director of the Business Ethics Center at Grand Valley State University; Paul Murphy, history professor at GVSU; and Noreen Myers, employment law attorney and former chairwoman of the Grand Valley Board of Trustees. 

The two-hour event was moderated by Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. 

A recording of the event will be posted soon at

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