Grand Forum

Grand Forum is an educational outreach program for adults 55 and older. Grand Forum provides the opportunity for individuals of diverse backgrounds to meet in an academic setting for the purpose of intellectual stimulation and social exchange.

Led by university faculty and administrators, community leaders, Grand Forum members, independent scholars and local professionals, topics are offered in such fields as the arts, business, current events, history and science.

Through presentations and discussions, held both on and off campus, Grand Forum provides a broad spectrum of stimulating programs in a setting that encourages lively discussion. An interest in learning is an essential part of membership.

As a member of Grand Forum, you are also invited to attend many of the Grand Valley receptions and special lectures throughout the year. Another benefit of membership is the opportunity to meet new people. There is a coffee/tea social time before the morning session and time to visit over lunch before the afternoon session. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and areas; Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Spring Lake and Grand Haven. The diversity of the group leads to thought provoking and challenging questions and comments during the presentation. 

Membership is $105 per person/year and allows you to attend as many events as you would like.

If you have any questions about Grand Forum, or are interested in joining, please email Judy Palmer or call the office at (616) 331-6615.