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    Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster

    Author H.W. Brands discussed 19th century political figures Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster. He explained why the three statesmen were critical to American politics between…

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    U.S. and Japanese Perspectives on World War II

    Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center hosted a discussion looking at U.S. and Japanese perspectives on World War II. Speakers included Pia White, whose father was a Japanese…

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    Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s Midwest

    Indiana University Bloomington history Professor Emeritus James H. Madison gave an illustrated talk about the Ku Klux Klan in the Midwest, highlighting the 1920s-era, when there may have…

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    The Heartland

    Kristin Hoganson talked about her book, The Heartland: An American History. She challenged the notion that the Midwest is merely a collection of “fly over” states, noting the region’s…

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    Character and the Presidency

    New York Times columnist David Brooks and historian Ronald White discussed character and the presidency, comparing past administrations to the Trump White House, at Grand Valley State University…

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    Race and the American Dream

    Jason Riley and Nikole Hannah-Jones talked about the relationship between race and the American dream in the post-Obama era.

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    Liberal Political Philosophy in America

    Scholars talked about the evolution of American liberal political philosophy through the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. They concentrated on the ideologies of John Stuart Mill, David Hume, John Dewey,…

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    Liberals and Conservatives in the 1960s

    Professor Kevin Schultz talked about how liberals and conservatives in the 1960s were influenced by two friends from opposite ends of the political spectrum, conservative William Buckley and liberal Norman…

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    Conservative Thinkers of the 20th Century

    Scholars talked about influential conservative thinkers of the 20th century, including writers T.S. Eliot, Russell Kirk, and Peter Viereck. The panel was a part of “Progressive/Conservative: A…

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    Conversation with Cornel West and Robert P. George

    Cornel West and Robert George talked about what they have learned from each other on some of the more divisive political issues of the day. While on opposite ends of the political spectrum, Professors…

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    Health Care For Some

    Beatrix Hoffman, professor and chair of the history department at Northern Illinois University, spoke about the history of the American health care system. She focused on why the United…

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    Remembering Richard Nixon

    President Nixon’s son-in-law, Edward Cox, was introduced to Americans during his much-publicized 1971 White House wedding to Tricia Nixon. Mr. Cox campaigned extensively for the re-election of his…

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    President Obama and the Lessons of Antiquity

    Panelists participated in a discussion titled, “President Barack Obama and the Lessons of Antiquity.” Jeremy McInerny spoke on the lessons of war from Thuycides. Tracy Lee Simmons talked about Thomas…

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    President Obama and Ancient History

    At a conference on the influence of Ancient Greek and Roman history on the U.S. presidency, scholars spoke about U.S. foreign policy and the Obama administration in relation to the history…

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    President Obama and Ancient Leaders

    At a conference on the influence of Ancient Greek and Roman history on the U.S. presidency, Professor Thornton talked about the Obama Administration’s foreign policy goals. Among the topics…

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    Michigan Senate Debate

    Incumbent Senator Carl Levin debated Republican challenger Jack Hoogendyk at Grand Valley State University. The debate was aired live on Michigan’s public television stations.

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    Supreme Court Issues

    Justice Stevens talked about his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ford in 1975 and about his tenure on the court. Following his prepared remarks, he took questions from the…

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    Religion and the Presidency: Early Presidents

    The speakers focused on the early U.S. presidents and the effect of religion on their presidencies. President Washington was referred to as a Deist. President Jefferson was secretive about his…

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    Religion and Presidency: Modern Presidents, 2

    Political science professors talked about the impact of religion on modern Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, including their religious practices, such as church…

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    Religion and Presidency: Modern Presidents, 1

    In a forum on religion and the presidency, the panelists focused on the modern presidents from Harry Truman to John Kennedy. After their presentations they answered audience members'…

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