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Perspectives Series in Partnership with Texas Monthly Talks Presents A Conversation with Jon Meacham, Editor of Newsweek

Mon February 8, 2010 at Austin City Limits Studio 6A

Evan Smith, CEO and Editor in Chief of the Texas Tribune, will interview Jon Meacham, Editor of Newsweek, in conjuction with the Center's Perspectives Series and Texas Monthly Talks.

Doors Open at 2:00 PM

Taping Begins at 2:45 PM

About Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham is the Editor of Newsweek.  He arrived at the magazine as a writer in January 1995, became national affairs editor in June of that year, was named managing editor in November 1998 and was appointed editor of the magazine in October 2006.

His latest book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, was published by Random House on November 11, 2008.  It debuted at #2 on The New York Times bestseller list.  On April 20, 2009, American Lion was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Meacham is also the author two other New York Times bestsellers—American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation and Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, about the wartime relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill.  Named a book of the year by The Los Angeles Times, it won The Churchill Centre’s 2005 Emery Reves Award for the best book of the year on Winston Churchill (previous winners include Roy Jenkins, Sir Martin Gilbert, and William Manchester) and the William H. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium’s Book of the Year Award.  In 2009 Meacham was elected to the Society of American Historians.

Meacham has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The Washington Post Book World.  In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement (Random House), a collection of distinguished nonfiction about the midcentury struggle against Jim Crow.  He has served as a judge for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Medal by the Anti-Defamation League.

Born in Chattanooga in 1969, Meacham was educated at St. Nicholas School, The McCallie School, and graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, with a degree summa cum laude in English Literature; he was salutatorian and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Meacham is a communicant of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, where he has served on the Vestry of the 180 year-old Episcopal parish.  He is a former member of the Board of Trustees and of the Board of Regents of The University of the South.  Meacham currently serves on the Vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street; the Leadership Council of the Harvard Divinity School; and the Board of Trustees of The Churchill Centre. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in 2005 and also holds three other honorary doctorates.

A contributing editor of The Washington Monthly, Meacham began his career at The Chattanooga Times.  He and his wife, a former director of the Harlem Day Charter School and current programs officer with the New York City Fund for Public Schools, live in New York City with their three young children.

Logistics

Location: KLRU Studio A (Austin City Limits Studio) 2504-B Whitis (Southeast corner of 26th and Guadalupe), 6th Floor

Parking: Parking is available in the University of Texas Parking Garage at 27th and University. To view a map, click http://www.klru.org/about/map.html. There is also a Central Parking System public parking lot at the corner of 25th Street and Guadalupe.  Enter from Guadalupe ONLY if you're traveling south on Guadalupe.

 

 

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