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LDL Centennial Programs conclude Dec. 4 with closer look at Woodrow Wilson
LDL Centennial Programs conclude Dec. 4 with closer look at Woodrow Wilson

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Woodrow Wilson is widely known as an idealistic progressive,  but he was much more complicated than the textbooks make him out to be -- in his prejudices, his racy relationships, his political maneuvering, and his view of war and peace.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Loutit District Library presents Gleaves Whitney, director of Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center, who will discuss the real Woodrow Wilson.

The program will be held in LDL’s Program Room A at 7 p.m. This is the final program in a series of yearlong centennial offerings at Loutit District Library. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

Whitney became director of Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies in 2003.  During his tenure, he has been the architect of more than 275 public programs, including four national conferences covered by C-SPAN and three internationally web cast debates.  One of those debates netted more than 3,500 viewers in 18 countries, and another watched on YouTube was watched by more than 75,000 people worldwide. 

Whitney has overseen tremendous growth of the Hauenstein Center's website, premiered a popular web column called "Ask Gleaves" -- the first presidential Q & A column in the nation -- and created a leadership academy for students and young professionals committed to public service.

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies is inspired by Ralph Hauenstein's life of leadership and service. In seven short years, the Hauenstein Center has become one of the leading presidential studies centers in the nation. Award-winning historian Richard Norton Smith called the Center "a jewel in the crown of Michigan." Award-winning biographer H. W. Brands called Whitney "a real treasure for those of us who do presidential studies and that work in the field of presidential history," and observed that Whitney is "one of the most effective entrepreneurs in the business of higher education."

Hauenstein Center leadership fellows have been face-to-face with four U.S. presidents, several presidential candidates, two vice president, four secretaries of state, numerous senators and members of Congress, several U.S. ambassadors, five state governors, and multiple Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists.

Hauenstein Center debates and conferences are among West Michigan's most anticipated events.  Since 2003, the Center has hosted more than 275 programs, many in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and Museum. Four programs have been broadcast by C-SPAN to a national audience, three have been web cast internationally, and one has been watched on YouTube by more than 85,000 people in some 30 nations on all six inhabited continents.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven, Michigan. LDL serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District. LDL offers a collection of over 145,581 items and provides educational, informative, cultural, and recreational programs for all ages. LDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative.