Jon Meacham

Friday, August 21, 2020
10:45am EDT

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"The Present’s Historical Connection"

One of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives. He will close the week by sharing his reflections on the lasting power of the Constitution, and the nation’s future.

A contributing editor at Time, Meacham is the author of numerous books, a former executive editor and executive vice president at Random House, and served as Newsweek’s managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. His latest no. 1 New York Times bestseller, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, examines the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in U.S. history when hope overcame division and fear. 

Meacham is a co-author of the recently released book, Impeachment: An American History; his other books include Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (Meacham delivered eulogies for both President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush); American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation; andAmerican Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. His latest national bestseller is Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music that Made a Nation.

Meacham is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The University of the South and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt. Meacham is a graduate of The University of the South, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English.