Jon Meacham To Speak Oct. 26

Oct. 22, 2004

Tickets will be available at the door for the third Ferguson-Clark Author Lecture featuring Jon Meacham, author of The New York Times best seller, Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship. A fundraiser for the Baylor University Libraries, the lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Mayborn Museum Complex.

As managing editor of Newsweek, Meacham oversees the magazine's coverage of politics, international affairs and breaking news. He has been called 'one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business' by The New York Times. 'Franklin and Winston: Leadership Issues for Today' will be his topic for the Waco lecture.

Patron tickets including a reception and book signing are $50. Other ticket costs are general admission, $15; Baylor faculty and staff, $10; and Baylor students, $5. Tickets may be obtained by calling 254-710-7249 or by going to the web site. They also will be sold at the door on Tuesday night.

'Franklin and Winston is a sensitive, perceptive and absorbing portrait of the friendship that saved the democratic world in the greatest war in history,' said historian and author Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

'The powerful emotional connection between Roosevelt and Churchill and how they confronted tyranny and terror is an incredibly contemporary story that yields important lessons for leaders today on a personal, political and diplomatic level,' Meacham explained. 'I don't think you can understand the art of leadership or the way we live now without grasping the nature of the Roosevelt-Churchill friendship.'

Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., Meacham graduated cum laude from the University of the South and went to work as a reporter for The Chattanooga Times. He soon became an editor of The Washington Monthly and two years later was hired by Newsweek as a national affairs writer.

Baylor alumnus Collen A. Clark established the lecture series endowment in honor of his mother, Carla Sue Ferguson Garrett, a Baylor alumna and member of the libraries' Board of Advisors. Ernest Gaines and David McCullough presented the first two lectures.

Sponsors for this year's lecture in addition to Clark Central National Bank, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Wardlaw, Mr. and Mrs. L. Theodore Getterman Jr., Community Bank & Trust, Waco Tribune-Herald, Baylor University Department of Journalism and the Waco Hilton.

For more information on the event contact Mary Goolsby, 254-710-7249.