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

Hendrik “Hank” Meijer

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About the book:
The idea that a Senator—Republican or Democrat—would put the greater good of the country ahead of party seems nearly impossible to imagine in our current climate of gridlock and divisiveness. But this hasn’t always been the case. Arthur H. Vandenberg (1884–1951), Republican from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the model of a consensus builder, and the coalitions he spearheaded continue to form the foundation of American foreign and domestic policy today. Edward R. Murrow called him “the central pivot of the entire era,” yet, despite his significance, Vandenberg has never received the full public attention he is due—until now. With this authoritative biography, Hendrik Meijer reveals how Vandenberg built and nurtured the bipartisan consensus that created the American Century.

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About the author:
Hendrik Meijer worked as a reporter and editor before joining Meijer, Inc., where he is executive chairman. He is the author of a biography of his grandfather, Thrifty Years: The Life of Hendrik Meijer, and the executive producer of the documentary America’s Senator: The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg.

This event is co-sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, and the Bentley Historical Library.

At the Intersection of Sports and Social Policy

Paul Tagliabue & Jim Hackett

Free and open to the public. This event will be live webstreamed. Check event website just before the event for viewing details.

Join the conversation: #policytalksA conversation with Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the NFL, and Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford Motor Company and former interim athletic director for the University of Michigan. Moderated by Warde J. Manuel, Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics, University of Michigan.Made possible with generous support from friends of J. Ira Harris (BBA ‘59, LLD Hon ‘12).

The Disappearing Franchise

Monday, November 13, 2017
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
735 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (link is external)

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided.

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Presented by the Students of Color in Public Policy, Vann R. Newkirk, II, Staff Writer at The Atlantic, will highlight the ways in which democracy and the ballot have been curtailed historically and in the present for people on the margins of society, including post-Jim Crow and post-Shelby County v. Holder legal developments on gerrymandering and voter ID.

Questions? Contact SCPP President Gabrielle Horton (

This event is co-sponsored by: The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, CLOSUP, Student Affairs Committee, Domestic Policy Corps, American Culture Department, Spectrum Center, Political Science Department, Political Scientists of Color, and the Wallace House, home of the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellows and the Livingston Awards

Bilingual education on the ground: Policy, politics and practice

Tara García Mathewson is a Boston-based staff writer for The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. She has earned a Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Award for a team produced series on the 40th anniversary of Title IX. As an independent journalist, she covered national education issues, immigration policy, the Latinx business community and more. She is a recipient of the 2014 Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship and the 2017 Education Writers Association Reporting Fellowship.

Impact on Inequality: Contributions of Michigan Social Science

Thursday, November 09, 2017 10:00 am to Friday, November 10, 2017 3:00 pm

Rackham Amphitheater
915 E Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (link is external)


Free and open to the public. Register here(link is external).

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The University of Michigan has long been a leader in social science research on the many dimensions of social inequality. This bicentennial symposium will highlight these contributions by focusing on the work of distinguished social scientists who were trained at the University of Michigan. An illustrious group of Michigan graduates from fields such as economics, education, political science, psychology, public policy, social work, sociology, and women’s studies will discuss past, present, and future research on issues related to gender, race, poverty, inequality, and economic mobility.

All sessions are open to the public. Guests are welcome to attend all or any part of the symposium presentations.

The agenda for each day is available including speaker bios: Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10. The Bicentennial Symposium Program (pdf) is also available.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Anna Massey at abeattie[at] by November 3, 2017.

Hosted by the Institute for Social Research, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. With support from: Bicentennial Committee; School of Education; College of Literature, Science, and Arts; School of Public Health; School of Social Work; Rackham Graduate School; Law School; Poverty Solutions; Ross School of Business

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Information Session

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is dedicated to improving health by developing a corps of multidisciplinary professionals committed to creating systemic change in human and health services and policies that impact underserved and vulnerable populations. Schweitzer Fellows are committed to promoting health equity through action, self-reflection, and a lifelong passion for learning and caring for others.

As a Schweitzer Fellow, you will acquire skills in creating intervention and prevention programs, and you will increase community capacity to address health needs. You will begin your professional career as an agent of change, confident and prepared to more effectively work with diverse and vulnerable people.

The fellowship requires students to be enrolled during the 2018-2019 school year.

Lunch will be provided.

Registration is required.

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Cerise Carrington