Luis Avila: Frederik Meijer Lecture Series

December 2, 2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Eyeing the Bench: A Supreme Court Panel

December 8, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Watergate: When the Seventies Really Began

December 13, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

See No Stranger: An Evening with Valarie Kaur

February 23, 2023 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Welcome to the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.

What do we do? We support Grand Valley students and their leadership development. We work to advance knowledge and build community in the following areas:

We are a PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES CENTER. Our special collection of works authored by American presidents has been called “a uniquely valuable resource” by the Library of Congress.  

We focus on LEADERSHIP in keeping with the vision of our founder and benefactor, COL Ralph W. Hauenstein, and his friendship with Peter C. Cook. Our primary mission is to foster ethical, effective leadership for the 21st century, and our Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy is at the core of that charge. 

We strive to prepare a new generation of leaders to deal effectively with diverse ideas and cultures through our COMMON GROUND INITIATIVE, a program unique in higher education. All of our conferences and events are free and open to the public.


Colonel Ralph W Hauenstein - Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor

On November 18, 2022, our namesake Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein was inducted into the Michigan Military Veterans Hall of Honor.

This video is the entire ceremony. If you are only wanting to watch Ralph's section, skip ahead to 1:16:52.

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Have you ever listened to a podcast, watched or attended a lecture, read a book/article and wanted to bring the speaker/conversation to your community? Now’s your chance! The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies wants your input on potential speakers, topics, and programs. We’re serious, we want to hear your ideas!

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Recent Past Events

Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy Alumni Panel

Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy Alumni Panel

John Kowal & Wilfred Codrington III: Constitution Day Celebration

John Kowal & Wilfred Codrington III: Constitution Day Celebration

Hal Brands: Russia, China, & Authoritarians

Hal Brands: Russia, China, & Authoritarians

GVNext News Coverage

Dennis Rasmussen, professor of political science at Syracuse University, discusses his book on the Founding Fathers.

Hauenstein speaker: Founding Fathers grappled with disillusionment over their young nation

The Hauenstein Center welcomed Syracuse University professor Dennis Rasmussen to discuss his book on the Founding Fathers and their growing disillusionment with the United States soon after its creation.

Nov 18, 2022

Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck answers a question from audience member.

Rebuilding voters' trust key for midterm elections, says panel

Improving trust and developing connections were recurring themes among panelists during the Hauenstein Center's 2022 Election Panel at the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Oct 28, 2022

portrait of John Noltner, in background is scenic view of lake, cliffs

Campus members will share their stories, hopes for country at next Talking Together event

Input from campus community members on their hopes for the future of a divided country will be the focus of the next Talking Together event.

Oct 27, 2022

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