Hendrik Meijer on Arthur Vandenberg (March 19)


Hendrik Meijer, co-chairman and CEO of Meijer, Inc. and author of Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century (University of Chicago Press, 2017), will give a talk about the book — on the writing of which which he has also written a post for this blog — on Monday, March 19 at 7pm in the Park Library Auditorium. A reception will follow the talk.

Vandenberg, who represented Michigan in the U. S. Senate from 1928 to 1951, was a prominent isolationist who came to question his position by the end of World War II. “Our oceans,” he declared in a famous speech in January 1945, “have ceased to be moats.” A lifelong Republican, Vandenberg went on to work with two Democratic administrations in the creation of the post-war foreign policy that would come to define “the American century.”

Longtime NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts writes of Meijer’s work, “every member of Congress should read this book.” Join us to discover why. 

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Clarke Historical Library and the Critical Engagements initiative of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University.