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Hauenstein Center Associate Director to speak at Loutit District Library
Hauenstein Center Associate Director to speak at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN -- To complement the John Adams Unbound exhibit at the Loutit District Library, Brian Flanagan, Associate Director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, will present “John Adams-Fortunate Son of Liberty” on Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the library's Program Room A.

Flanagan’s program elaborates the fact that John Adams wasn’t born silver spoon in hand, and at the end of his life he was buried in a modest, granite tomb. In between, however, the Atlas of Independence was a man of tremendous good fortune. As we shall see, in lineage, love, and learning, John Adams’s luck was peerless.

Brian Flanagan is associate director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, where he has worked since 2003. He serves as program director of the Peter Cook Leadership Academy and adjunct professor of public, nonprofit, and health administration.

Flanagan is co-author of "American Presidency and Philanthropy since the Civil War" (with Gleaves Whitney) in Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (Sage, 2010). He has been an expert source for the New York Times, Washington Times, and The Week, and his writing has appeared on Michigan State University's "Humanities and Social Sciences Online" and the Hauenstein Center's web site. Flanagan gives talks on American presidents and leadership. He has presented papers at academic conferences in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., and he has led research teams and conducted archival research at six presidential libraries.

In 2008 and 2009, Flanagan and a Hauenstein Center team were awarded the Russell G. Mawby Fellowship for Philanthropic Studies.  He serves annually as a regional judge for the national "We the People" high school civics competition, and he has served as an appointed member of the Michigan Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee and as a Teaching and Learning Resources adviser to the National Endowment for the Humanities. Flanagan is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids, and he is proud of his continuing association with the Grand Rapids Center for Community Leadership.

Flanagan earned his B.A. in English from the University of  Notre Dame in 2003. He earned his M.P.A. from Grand Valley State University in 2009, with a dual emphasis in public management and urban and regional policy. Flanagan is a graduate of Canton High School and was raised in the Detroit metropolitan area. He currently resides near Grand Rapids with his wife Lauren and daughter Ella.

The John Adams Unbound traveling exhibit is on display at the Loutit District Library (LDL) through August 5. The nine-panel exhibit is based on the personal library of John Adams willed by Adams to the people of Massachusetts and deposited in the Boston Public Library in 1894. This remarkable collection of books provides first-hand insight into how John Adams shaped American history and how he was shaped through his lifelong dedication to reading and books.

The John Adams Unbound traveling exhibition was organized by the Boston Public Library and the America Library Association and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life-book collection.

For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,510 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.