Jon Meacham To Present Library Author Lecture

March 24, 2004

Jon Meacham, managing editor of, will be the featured author for the Baylor University Libraries' third Ferguson-Clark Author Series scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004. The speaker's topic will be 'Franklin & Winston: Leadership Lessons for Today.' Ticket information, time and location of the lecture will be announced later this spring, said 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 , Meacham became managing editor of Newsweek at the age of 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 as a national affairs writer.

His was published by Random House in October of 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.'

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.