Humphrey School News—September 26, 2018

Presidential Historian Jon Meacham to Present Distinguished Carlson Lecture

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Head shot of author and historian Jon Meacham
Author and historian Jon Meacham will deliver the Distinguished Carlson Lecture on November 14, 2018, at the University of Minnesota.

Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham, whose new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, examines the present moment in American politics by looking back at critical times in the nation's history, will present the next Distinguished Carlson Lecture on November 14, 2018.

The event is presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation.

Meacham will discuss previous periods of crisis and partisan deadlock in American history and suggest how previous generations — and we, in our own time — transcended fear by heeding what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

His lecture will be followed by a conversation with Wendy Nelson, chair of the Carlson Family Foundation.  

Distinguished Carlson Lecture
Jon Meacham
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6 p.m. 
Northrop, University of Minnesota

Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required

A book signing will follow the event, with books available for purchase courtesy of University of Minnesota Bookstores.

About Jon Meacham 
Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize winner, and contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on "Morning Joe" and other broadcasts, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives.

Debuting at No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list, his newest book, 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 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2009 for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which was also a New York Times bestseller. Other New York Times bestsellers include biographies of Thomas Jefferson, George H.W. Bush, and Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Meacham is currently at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.

About Wendy Nelson
Nelson is chairwoman of the Carlson Family Foundation, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities including the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Guthrie Theater, Gold Medal Park Conservancy, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where she is co-chair of the campaign steering committee, and Northwestern University where she co-chairs the Minnesota regional campaign committee.

About the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series
For 35 years, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation, has presented the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series, bringing to Minnesota world-renowned speakers to participate in a forum dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the most important policy issues of the day. The series began in 1980 with a gift from Curtis L. Carlson to honor his late friend, Hubert H. Humphrey, and to “contribute to the intellectual life of the greater Twin Cities community by sponsoring lively forums of broad interest.”

To date, the Carlson Lecture has presented more than 50 speakers, including Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Anita Hill, Elie Wiesel, the Dalai Lama, and Beverly Sills. See the complete list here

The Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation. 

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