The USA in the Age of Trump: A European Perspective

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

International Roundtable

June 21, 2018: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Since becoming president in January 2017, Donald Trump has challenged the conventional wisdom both in the USA and abroad.


Gleacher Center
RM 203
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:


300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)
$8.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period
Garage: Self Park Facility
Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.
To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $8.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:
Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.
a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street
b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

Since becoming president in January 2017, Donald Trump has challenged the conventional wisdom both in the USA and abroad. He has pushed US allies in NATO and in the European Union to embrace his America First positions. Have his populist policies won hearts and minds in Europe? How are his statements being received in London, Paris, and Berlin? Will robust economic growth paper over the administration's shortcomings? Vendeline von Bredow has followed American affairs for decades. A keen observer and critic, von Bredow will assess how the president is doing with his economic, political, and diplomatic strategies. Join us for this provocative discussion.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm networking
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm presentation
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm cash bar at The Midway Club

Questions/Concerns/Suggestions for Speakers? Contact the Leadership Team
Karl L. Buschmann
847 310 0412

Sheryl Jiang
312 607 0889

Sophia Kholodenko
773 702 0783

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No Charge


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Deadline: 6/21/2018


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: presentation

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: cash bar at The Midway Club

Speaker Profiles

Vendeline von Bredow (Speaker)
Midwest Correspondent, The Economist

Vendeline von Bredow is Midwest Correspondent of The Economist, based in Chicago. Until her move to the Midwest in October 2014, she was Deputy Europe Editor and Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent, based in London. She also looked after the Europe coverage online. Before June 2012 she was one of The Economist's Business Correspondents covering consumer goods, advertising and brands. Between 2004 and 2007, she was European Business Editor, based in Paris, and between 2000 and 2004 she was one of the Finance Correspondents. Before Ms von Bredow joined The Economistin April 2000, she worked for the Financial Times Deutschland and Merrill Lynch, both in London. Prior to her move to London, she was one of the Wall Street Journal Europe's editorial page writers in Brussels. She has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York and a diploma from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. She is fluent in French, Italian and German. Ms von Bredow has been interviewed on BBC World TV and BBC World Service radio amongst others. Between 2008 and 2010 she was on book leave to write the authorised biography of Gianni Agnelli.


Karl L. Buschmann, '85 

Other Information

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