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Elijah Anderson: Black in White Space

January 20, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Powerful stereotypes of “the ghetto,” long-entrenched in generations of Americans’ psyche, continue to permeate. Today, routine activities, like birdwatching in Central Park or jogging...

Open Minds Book Club Winter 2022

January 27, 2022 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Following an unnamed narrator turned social media sensation, Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel, No One is Talking About This, stitches together our two contemporary planes of existence–the...

Graci Harkema: Authentic Leadership from Within

February 11, 2022 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Leadership is not a destination. Instead, it is a process of continually learning and reflecting on where we've been and envisioning how we can make the world more how we'd like it to be. Leadership...

Lindsay Chervinsky: Presidents' Day Celebration

February 23, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Until the passing of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, February 22 was federally recognized as Washington’s Birthday. Now the third Monday of February, also known as Presidents’ Day, traditionally...

Ralph's 110th Birthday Celebration

March 15, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Entrepreneur. Family Man. Patriot. Philanthropist.  Ralph W. Hauenstein was many things to many people. From his days at the Grand Rapids Herald to the philanthropic giving that cemented his...

Symposium 2022: Bridging Divides: Encouraging Dialogue with Radical Empathy

March 23, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse will host a hybrid symposium (in-person and virtual) which is open to the public on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in the Eberhard Center. This year we...

Democracy and Religion

April 21, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Freedom of religion provided the moral sanction for opposing British rule during the American Revolution, which in turn helped lay the foundation of our republic. From the struggles of the twentieth...

Wayman Britt: Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy Graduation

April 28, 2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wayman Britt is known to many as a leader. His leadership lens is diverse, through his all-star collegiate basketball career, his innovative work developing new best practices for Kent County, and...

Hidden Wounds of War 2022

May 12, 2022 All Day

How can we better serve those who serve and have served us? This question challenges us to think about those who gave some and those who gave all, to serve our communities and nation. Veterans, first...

Midwest History Conference 2022

May 19, 2022 All Day

Over the past seven years, Midwestern studies have been revitalized – in no small part due to the role of battleground states and renewed scholarship in the region. Having found “the lost...



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