top of page

The Trustees of the


Cordially Invite You to an Address by


Mr. Hendrik Meijer

Executive Chairman, Meijer Inc.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.


Members: Free of Charge* – Guest of a Member: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**

“Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century”

Non-partisanship and the primacy of the national interest and the strength of mind to adjust policy positions to changing circumstances are perennial and basic needs in the working of a democratic order. Hendrik Meijer explores these phenomena in a biography of Senator Arthur Vandenberg.  During a critical period of American foreign policy, Senator Vandenberg was intellectually flexible in analyzing changing global conditions and transforming himself from an ardent isolationist to an advocate of the United Nations and a supporter of the critical building blocks of Harry Truman’s post-World War II Cold War policy structure: the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and NATO. While always a strident Republican, Vandenberg stood for bipartisanship in pursuit of the national interest in foreign affairs.


Eminent historians, statesmen, and commentators who have reviewed Mr. Meijer’s work find it deeply instructive on the subtle matters of intellectual flexibility and integrity, and the spirit of compromise and cooperation within a competitive political order.  


Hendrik Meijer is a prominent Midwestern businessman serving as Executive Chairman of Meijer, Inc. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in literature and a reporter and editor early in his career, he authored a biography of his grandfather and namesake, founder of the Meijer company. He has been a student of the career and life of Senator Vandenberg for decades. A documentary, “The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg”, preceded by several years his recently published biography of the Senator. This work has established this business and community leader as a historian of the first order. The lessons of the biography are for practitioners as well as serious citizens who seek guideposts for American foreign policy in their time.


It is a great pleasure to welcome Mr. Hendrik Meijer to the Council.

The Trustees of the


Cordially Invite You to an Address by


Angela Stent, Ph.D.


Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian, & East European Studies,

Georgetown University

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.


1 East Eager Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Members: Free of Charge* – Guest of a Member: $10.00 –

 Non-Members: 25.00**


“Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest”

Vladimir Putin’s bold, yet disciplined, power-politics moves have gained Russia Crimea and influence in Eastern Ukraine; enhanced military bases in Syria and have saved the Assad regime; gained links to Turkey; deepened ties to Iran; asserted a role in the Western Hemisphere via Venezuela; expanded links with China; is reestablishing influence in former Soviet Union states in Central Asia; and is attempting to increase its national resources leverage in Western Europe. Some disparage these successes as being out of step with the rules-based international order or merely tactical in their nature. However, the vitality of Russia under Putin is unmistakable. The extent and seriousness of its challenges is a critical question of our time.  Therefore, we are very fortunate to be joined by the notable student of Russia and its international relations, the recent author of “Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest.”


Professor Stent received her BA in economics and modern history from Cambridge University, her MS degree with distinction in international relations from the London School of Economics, and MA in Soviet studies and Ph.D. degree from Harvard University’s Government Department.


Her four books have been on the political economy of West German-Soviet relations; the events leading to the end of communism in Eastern Europe, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the emergence of modern Russia, and the reunification of East and West Germany; the difficulty of establishing a productive relationship with post-Soviet Russia; and now, Putin’s view of Russia’s place in the world, his quickness in exploiting opportunities, and advice on how the West should deal with Russia going forward.


Befitting an acknowledged leader in her field, she has served on respected professional Boards, published numerous articles in major publications, shared her knowledge in print and electronic media, and has been honored by significant professional awards. She is in full command of her subject; and we can look forward to a valuable evening.


It is an honor and great pleasure to welcome Dr. Angela Stent to the Council.

bottom of page