Progressive / Conservative Summit 2023

Progressive / Conservative Summit 2023

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

We will continue to offer a digital alternative for all of our events. Please visit the homepage on our website at for the livestream that starts about 30 minutes before the event or join via a zoom link, which is provided in the confirmation email after registering.


Incidents of political violence have surged in recent years, leaving our national, state, and local government officials fearful for the safety of themselves and their families. The annual Progressive / Conservative Summit brings policymakers and scholars together to find actionable common ground on issues facing our polarized democracy. This half-day event will explore the theme of political violence in the United States and offer the opportunity for victims to speak about their experiences. The Common Ground Initiative, in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, invites you to join us in learning about the history of political violence and what we can do to promote a politics of nonviolence.

Schedule of Events: 

2-3 PM: Contemporary Political Violence & New Policy Approaches, Professor Javed Ali 
3:30-4:30 PM: Public Service in Polarized Times, Fmr. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)* and Fmr. State Rep. David LaGrand (D-MI)
4:30-6 PM: Reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages
6-7:30 PM: West Michigan Perspectives on Political Violence, Fmr. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) and Dr. Adam London
7:30-8:15 PM: Community conversations and dessert 

*virtual appearance 

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