Debra Furr-Holden:Leading for Public Health in Flint

August 31, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Hank Meijer and Richard Norton Smith

September 7, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Heather K. Gerken: Federalism in the Twenty-First Century

September 18, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Joe Jones: Empowering Grand Rapids

October 5, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Kathy Crosby: Leading to Build Goodwill

November 30, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Gleaves Whitney

December 5, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


May 30, 2019 All Day

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

What do we do? We work to advance knowledge and build community in three key areas:

We are a PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES CENTER. Our director, Gleaves Whitney, is a presidential scholar and author who is regularly consulted by national media. Our special collection of works authored by American presidents has been called “a uniquely valuable resource” by the Library of Congress.  Read more about the Presidential Studies Center.

We focus on LEADERSHIP in keeping with the vision of our founder and benefactor, COL Ralph W. Hauenstein. 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. Read more about Leadership.

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. You can read more about our guest speakers, conferences, and other events, all free and open to the public.



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Jefferson Cowie: “Blue-Collar Nationalism in an Age of Decline: The Search for Citizenship

Mark Lilla: After Identity Liberalism

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Ethical, Effective Leaders


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Escaping the Echo Chambers

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Finding The Lost Region

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