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Jon Meacham

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A contributor to Time and The New York Times Book Review, Mr. Meacham is a highly sought-after commentator, regularly appearing on CNN and MSNBC. In August 2020, he released His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, an intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis. His New York Times bestseller, Songs of America, co-written by musician Tim McGraw, is a celebration of the music that helped shape a nation. Mr. Meacham’s 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. He is a co-author of Impeachment: An American History, which reveals the complicated motives behind the three impeachments in U.S. history. His presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Mr. Meacham’s other national bestsellers include No. 1 New York Times bestseller Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power; Franklin and Winston; American Gospel; and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. A contributing editor at Time, Meacham writes for the magazine’s Ideas section. He also pens “The Long View” column in The New York Times Book Review. He served as Newsweek’s managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. Named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He also chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. Mr. Meacham is a distinguished visiting professor of history at The University of the South and a visiting distinguished professor at Vanderbilt. He currently is at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.


CEO-Exclusive Discussion With Jon Meacham

Presented by Jon Meacham at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 28th.

Join this CEO-exclusive opportunity to discuss in a small group setting with Jon Meacham, exploring leading during times of crisis. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and dig deeper into how leaders have fostered hope and navigated complex challenges throughout history.

Welcome & Opening Session: Parker B. Francis Distinguished Lecture: Hope Through History

Presented by Jon Meacham at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 28th.

As difficult as the present is, the American past is the story of challenges overcome, crises resolved and progress made. In this nonpartisan speech, Jon Meacham walks audiences through moments that have seemed intractable—the 1918 influenza pandemic, the battle against polio, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s response to the first days of the Great Depression, Winston Churchill’s…