The Trustees of the
BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
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.
WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE
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.