Past Events
Winter 2022 Programming

Great Decisions Global Discussions

February 7 through March 28. 

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Past programming

A Honduran Surprise

with Kurt Ver Beek, co-founder of ASJ (Association for a More Just Society)


What does the unexpectedly peaceful election of Honduras's first woman president mean for that country--and for Central America?

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

12:00  -  1:00 PM (Eastern)

Virtual event hosted on YouTube. Free and open to the public.

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Xiomara Castro won the November 28 Honduran election and there has been a peaceful transition of power. That's big news for the country and for the region.


What can be made of all this? Kurt Ver Beek, co-founder of ASJ (Association for a More Just Society), has been working with colleagues in Honduras since 1988, seeking to make the political, judicial, and policing sectors fairer and more democratic.


He'll give us some insight into what led to this election surprise, and what the future might hold as a result. We'll make sure there is generous time for q-and-a after Kurt's remarks.

Implications of Industrial Policy on the Manufacturing Sector 

with Dr. Sridhar Kota, Herrick Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

12:00  -  1:30 PM (Eastern)

University Club 

111 Lyon St NW # 1025, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Cost to attend: $35. Open to our business and educational members.

COVID Statement: To attend in-person, masks required regardless of vaccination status (except while eating). Due to continuing disruptions caused by the pandemic, in-person programming may be subject to rapid change. Any updates to program schedule/event facilitation will be posted here as well as announced on our social media/email channels. Registered attendees will also receive email notification.

For planning purposes, luncheon registrations are due by Monday, February 14. To cancel, please contact us before February 14 to receive a refund. If the luncheon is cancelled due to the pandemic, registration costs will be refunded. 

Archive coming soon

There’s a renewed bipartisan interest in debating the merits of federal government’s support of private enterprise (industrial policy) as the U.S. sees increasing competition globally with China, disruptions caused by the pandemic, and ongoing conversations about the effectiveness and feasibility of public-private partnerships. How, specifically, might policy changes be made to strengthen domestic manufacturing to bring back the United States’ competitive edge? Join entrepreneur and technology policy specialist Sridhar Kota as he discusses the challenges in manufacturing and what we can do about it. 

Dr. Sridhar Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and the founding Executive Director at MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, a national consortium on emerging technologies and advanced manufacturing. 


Professor Kota served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2009-2012. He is also the founder and CEO of FlexSys Inc. and Inspire Rx LLC. More on our speaker.