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Gleaves is joined by Christa Fernando. Christa is a recent graduate from GVSU's biomedical science program, and our Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy. She will join Gleaves to share her experience as a leader on and off-campus, and the role that faith has played in her leadership development.By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
Gleaves is joined by Dr. Shannon Duffy. Dr. Duffy is a professor of history at Texas State University. She holds a Ph.D. in colonial and revolutionary American history from the University of Maryland, and a Masters from the University of New Orleans. Her research interests focus on Revolutionary Boston, the Atlantic Enlightenment, and the Classical…
 
Gleaves is joined by Cook Leadership Academy alumna Megan Sall. In addition to serving as the Board's Chair on Grand Valley's Board of Trustees, Megan is the Deputy City Manager for the City of Wyoming. She will join Gleaves to discuss her experience in the Cook Leadership Academy, and how it prepared her for a career of leadership and public servi…
 
Gleaves is joined by Paul Isely. Paul is a professor of economics and associate dean of GVSU's Seidman College of Business. Gleaves and Paul will review the recent data and discuss the economic ramifications of COVID-19 in West Michigan.By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
Gleaves is joined by Ken James, Director of Inclusion at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, will join Gleaves to discuss the intersection of Black Lives Matter with our business community. In this conversation, Ken and Gleaves will dive into racial inequalities within our nation, the current unrest and protests sparked by the murder of George Fl…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Nate Swanson, a recent graduate from GVSU's College Student Affairs Leadership program, and our Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy. Nate will join Gleaves to share his leadership journey, and discuss the challenges of leading higher education in a paradigm-shifting pandemic.…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Cameron Jones, a recent Grand Valley State University Political Science and International Relations graduate, and was a 2019 Truman Scholarship finalist in recognition for his deep commitment to public service. He is also a recent graduate of our Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy. Cam will join Gleaves to discuss his wor…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Brian Bowdle, an associate professor in the Grand Valley Psychology Department, specializing in cognitive psychology. Brian joins Gleaves to discuss what is missing in higher education today and what we can do about it. In their conversation, Brian will touch on wisdom and intellectual humility as concepts necessary for…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Freshta Tori Jan, a current Cook Leadership Academy lead fellow candidate, and bilingual student from Afghanistan studying international relations. Freshta joins Gleaves to discuss how her personal journey through poverty, terrorism, and different forms of injustice have enabled her to be a voice for those who are not a…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Ron C. White, a New York Times best-selling biographer and historian. Ron joins Gleaves to share his thoughts on leadership in tumultuous times, as well as to discuss his forthcoming book, Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President, set to be released on May 4, 2021. Ron …
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Lucretia Dunlap, a recent graduate from GVSU with bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology, recipient of the Robert Henderson Leadership Award from the psychology department, and a Cook Leadership Academy fellow. Lucretia joins Gleaves to discuss failure, resilience, and mental health in leadership.…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Dr. Jeffrey Polet. Jeff is an author and professor of political science at Hope College in Holland. He joins Gleaves to discuss how COVID-19 is changing the way we think about politics, and the -isms that inform our politics (e.g. conservatism and progressivism).By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Brent Reed, a recent graduate from GVSU with a master's degree in health administration and a Cook Leadership Academy fellow. Brent joins Gleaves to discuss his experience with leadership in crisis, telehealth, and healthcare reform.By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Dr. Michael Kimmage in an extended edition of Lunch & Learn with Gleaves. Dr. Kimmage is an author, historian, and professor of history at the Catholic University of America. He joins Gleaves to discuss his new book, The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy.…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Ellie Harnden, a recent GVSU graduate in special education with an emphasis in cognitive and emotional impairments, and Cook Leadership Academy fellow. Ellie will join Gleaves to discuss school closures related to COVID-19 and children who experience trauma.By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by H.W. Brands in an extended edition of Lunch & Learn with Gleaves. Bill is a long-time friend of the Hauenstein Center, a renowned historian, and best-selling author. He will join Gleaves to discuss his new book, Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West.By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Connor Cavallaro, a recent GVSU graduate in management information systems and Cook Leadership Academy fellow, to discuss his experience studying abroad in Italy as a Cook Leadership Academy Independent Initiative project.By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Hank Meijer. Hank is the executive chairman of Meijer, Inc, a scholar-associate of the Hauenstein Center, and biographer. Hank, author of Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century, joins Gleaves to discuss Frank Murphy, who was mayor of Detroit, governor of Michigan, US attorney general, and justi…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Dami Olufosoye, an international student who in just a few days will earn her Master of Public Health and graduate as Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy Fellow. Dami will share her unique perspective of how two different federal health care systems are responding to this global pandemic.…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Kahler Sweeney, a graduating Master of Public Administration major and Cook Leadership Academy fellow candidate, to discuss his commitment to serving in local communities in addition to his experience in the Michigan Army National Guard.By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Dr. Michael Ryan. Dr. Ryan has spent more than four decades as a psychologist helping young people with learning disabilities. He also specializes in helping veterans cope with the trauma of their experiences in uniform. Dr. Ryan will discuss treatments and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those who are suffering.…
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Nate Gillespie, an alumnus from the Cook Leadership Academy, to discuss the new organization he helped develop, Coronavirus Civilian Corps. This organization's goal is to aid individuals and communities who are suffering from COVID-19.By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
Gleaves Whitney is joined by Gregory Dykhouse, history, Shakespeare, and drama teacher at Black River Public School in Holland, MI, to discuss how his students are faring in the new normal of "stay home, stay safe," and will share lessons he has gleaned from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.By The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University
 
This week, we hear from Gerald Russello, editor of The University Bookman, a publication founded in 1960 by the traditionalist conservative Russell Kirk.The University Bookman, like most conservative magazines and journals, is a site where, implicitly or explicitly, there is a debate about what the word “conservative” even means. A couple weeks ago…
 
This week, we hear from Christy Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Coleman is a public historian. As you’ll hear in her lecture, her work is to take the findings, the interpretations, of academic historians and bring them to life for the public—as she says, to make the work relevant to contemporary audiences. She s…
 
This week, we hear from Maggie Doherty, a critic and teacher at Harvard University. Maggie writes often for publications such as The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and N Plus One; her criticism often focuses on writers and feminists around the middle of the 20th century—familiar names are Mary McCarthy and Kate Millet. Maggie’s literary …
 
This week, we hear from Sophie Pinkham, a writer and academic who specializes in Russian and Ukrainian culture and politics. Sophie has recently published some review essays, primarily in The Nation, about the Russian Revolution and the legacy of communism in the West. One of her main concerns is the manner in which a given historian’s politics wil…
 
This episode focuses on the role of the public intellectual, or even the academic, in cultural debate. We hear from Dan Drezner about the difference between public intellectuals and thought leaders, and what happens when we have too many of one over the other. In our conversation, Dan addresses the importance of expertise in cultural debate and dis…
 
This week, as an installment in our end-of-year retrospective series of episodes, we’re going to hear from Jonny Thakkar as well as from Cate Zaloom, co-founding editor of Public Books. I talked with Jonny and Cate at the beginning of the year. Each of them co-founded publications that exist somewhere between the academy and the world of cultural c…
 
This week we hear Ian Millhiser, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, debate "Citizens United" with Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation. The Hauenstein Center hosted the debate in 2015; the issues the debate addresses are still relevant today. Here’s a quick brush up: In "Citizens United v. Federal E…
 
This week we hear from Jo Livingstone, the culture staff writer at The New Republic and a recent PhD in English at New York University. I mention Jo Livingstone’s PhD because that’s a major topic of our conversation. Livingstone’s writing at The New Republic has the kind of agile, supple thinking and prose you’d want from a critic who has her thumb…
 
This week, we hear Dan Varner, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, deliver a Wheelhouse Talk. Varner leads efforts to support 900+ local businesses in Detroit with a reliable workforce, and helps empower trainees with skills for workplace success. Before joining Goodwill, Dan served as the CEO of Excellent Schools Detroit, …
 
In this episode, the historian Hank Meijer talks about the work and influence of Senator Arthur Vandenberg, the Republican from Michigan who, at the dawn of the Cold War, worked with Democratic administrations to build congressional support for huge foreign policy endeavors, including the Marshall Plan, NATO, and the United Nations.…
 
This week we hear from Andrew Hartman, a professor of history at Illinois State University. Andrew is currently hard at work on a book about Karl Marx. I asked him to come on the podcast because the name Marx seems to be in the air right now. It’s not just that we’ve come up the centenary of the Russian Revolution. People seem to want to talk about…
 
In this episode, we hear from Juliet Fleming, Professor of English at New York University and author, most recently, of "Cultural Graphology: Writing After Derrida," out from the University of Chicago Press. I ask Juliet to defend Derrida against skeptics both inside and outside the academy. She talks about what she says when she is called upon, at…
 
In this episode, we hear from Erik S McDuffie, professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois. Just the other day, the Hauenstein Center posted a call for papers for the fourth "Finding the Lost Region" conference to be held on June 6th, 2018. The problem the conference seeks to address is the lack of institutional support for …
 
Today, we hear, to begin with, a portion of a recently released documentary about President Gerald R. Ford. The documentary premiered on National Geographic. The portion we are about to hear was presented to a packed audience at the Hauenstein Center on October 3, 2017, as part of the Center’s Character and the Presidency Series. A sponsor of that …
 
Today we hear from Rebekah Warren, a Michigan state senator from the 18th district. Considered by some to be the most liberal member of the Michigan State Senate—after all, Ann Arbor, the home of the University of Michigan, is in her district—Senator Warren is in fact known for her ability and her willingness to reach across the aisle. By working e…
 
Today, we hear from Andrew Spear, a professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University. More specifically, Andrew is an epistemologist. His primary interest is in knowledge—he asks how we come to our beliefs about the world; how we come to know things, or believe that we know things; how we justify our beliefs. I wanted to talk with Andrew be…
 
In today’s episode, we offer a conversation between Janet Napolitano—21st Governor of Arizona, former secretary of homeland security, and current president of the University of California system—and Christine Todd Whitman, 50th governor of New Jersey and former administrator of the EPA. The pair talk about how they each got involved in politics at …
 
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