What is the Grand Forum?
Grand Forum provides the opportunity for individuals of diverse backgrounds to meet in an academic setting for the purpose of intellectual stimulation and social exchange. Led by university faculty and administrators, community leaders, Grand Forum members, independent scholars, and local professionals, topics are offered in such fields as the arts, business, current events, history, and science.
Who is the Grand Forum for?
The Grand Forum is an educational outreach program for adults 55 and older who are eager to learn, love to meet new people, and enjoy discussing impactful topics with their peers.
What does it cost?
Membership is $105 per person/year and allows you to attend as many events as you would like.
What is expected of me?
Through presentations and discussions, held both on and off campus, the Grand Forum provides a broad spectrum of stimulating programs in a setting that encourages lively discussion. An interest in learning is an essential part of your membership.
What can I expect?
In addition to spending time with friends, you'll have plenty of opportunities to make new ones. As a member, you are invited to attend many Grand Valley receptions and special lectures throughout the year. There is a coffee/tea social before the morning sessions and time to visit over lunch before the afternoon sessions.
Members come from a variety of backgrounds and areas, such as Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Spring Lake, and Grand Haven. The diversity of the group leads to thought provoking and challenging questions and comments during the presentation.
How do I join?
If you have any questions about Grand Forum, or are interested in joining, please email Judy Palmer or call the office at (616) 331-6615.
“There are few programs geared for this growing segment of the population. Today's retired adults are an active population who enjoy intellectual challenges, and many prefer to engage in such activities with their peers. This program provides opportunity for both under the university's direction.”Calvin Stockman, former dean of Continuing Education