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Jon Meacham to Present Library Author Lecture

April 12, 2004

Jon Meacham, managing editor of Newsweek and author of Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, will be the featured author for the Baylor University Libraries' third Ferguson-Clark Author Series scheduled for Oct. 26.

The speaker's topic will be "Franklin and Winston: Leadership Lessons for Today." Ticket information, time and location of the lecture will be announced later this spring, according to John Wilson, director of library advancement and special projects.

Baylor alumnus Collen Clark established the Ferguson-Clark Author Series Endowment in honor of his mother, Carla Sue Ferguson Garrett, a Baylor alumna and member of the libraries' Board of Advisors. Ernest Gaines presented the initial lecture, and David McCullough was the speaker last fall. The event is a fundraiser for the libraries.

Named "one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business" by The New York Times, Meacham became managing editor of Newsweek at age 29. He graduated cum laude with a degree in English literature from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and is now a member of the university's Board of Regents.

Meacham began his journalism career as a summer intern at the Chattanooga Times, where he worked from 1991-1992. In 1993 he became an editor of The Washington Monthly. Two years later, he was hired by Newsweek as a national affairs writer.

His New York Times bestseller Franklin and Winston was published by Random House in October 2003. Of this book, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote: "Franklin and Winston is a sensitive, perceptive and absorbing portrait of the friendship that saved the democratic world in the greatest war in history."

As managing editor of Newsweek, Meacham supervises the magazine's coverage of politics, international affairs and breaking news. He has written cover stories on guns in America, race in the new millennium, the theological implications of the sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, modern depictions of World War II in Hollywood movies, and "Who Really Killed Jesus? What History Teaches Us," which examines Mel Gibson's new movie The Passion of the Christ.

A communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Fifth Avenue, Meacham is a vestryman of the 175-year-old parish. He and his wife live in New York City with their son, born in May of 2002.

For more information, contact Mary Goolsby by e-mail or at ext. 6735.

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