Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and WGVU Public Media will host an early premiere of a new PBS television special, “The Reagan Presidency”, tonight, January 17.

The three-part documentary includes many new and diverse perspectives and insights into the 40th president, including long-term implications of Reagan administration policies. The series will also include material not seen or heard in previous documentaries, including Secret Service audio recordings from the minutes following the 1981 assassination attempt and videotape recordings of the president’s weekly radio addresses.

The premiere event will feature clips from the three-part series, followed by commentary and a question and answer period with writer-director Chip Duncan and executive producer David Crouse.

Tonight's event is FREE, and open to all, and will be in the Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU's downtown Pew Campus at 7 p.m.  An RSVP is requested online (

Hauenstein Center director and presidential historian Gleaves Whitney will also take part in the premiere, and will offer historical perspective on the former president and his administration.

The documentary features interviews with notable Reagan staff members, congressional leaders, scholars, journalists and presidential biographers. They include Sandra Day O’Connor, Condoleezza Rice, Robert Reich, George Shultz, Douglas Brinkley, Richard Reeves, Andrew Young, Henry Cisneros, Jim Angle, Steven Weisman, Paul Volcker, Bill Bradley, Kiron Skinner, Gary Hart, Andrei Grachev, Trita Parsi, Reza Aslan and Oscar Arias, among others.

For more information, contact the Hauenstein Center at or (616) 331-2770.

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