America's New Normal Panel Discussion: Navigating a Global Pandemic

Americas New Normal Postcard

“When will our lives get back to normal?” By looking to leaders across society, the United States must use a holistic approach to establishing our new normal. The Hauenstein Center, in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, was pleased to present a panel of West Michigan leaders to discuss America’s “new normal.” Panelists shared their perspectives on COVID-19, the 2020 election, and other seismic shifts in our economy and society in recent years. The panel featured Tina Freese Decker, President and CEO of Spectrum Health; Paul Isely, professor of economics at Grand Valley; Winnie Brinks, State Senator of Michigan’s 29th District; and Jeffrey Polet, professor of political philosophy at Hope College. Gleaves Whitney, executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation moderated this panel. Panelist biographies are available here.