Pulitzer winner Jon Meacham to speak at UALR

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Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian and best-selling author Jon Meacham will hold a lecture on presidential politics and a book signing during a visit to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock April 5.

“The university is fortunate to be able to bring Jon Meacham to Little Rock as the country faces the election of its next president,” said Dr. Deborah Baldwin, associate provost for UALR Collections and Archives Division.

Meacham’s presentation, “The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency,” will begin at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, at the UALR Center for Performing Arts, with an introduction by Congressman French Hill.  A reception and book signing will follow at 6 p.m. at the UALR Art Galleries.

Meacham’s presentation will cover topics ranging from Thomas Jefferson’s pragmatism and John F. Kennedy’s capacity to recover from his own mistakes, to the management of conflicting egos as shown by Ronald Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and how George H.W. Bush dealt with the end of his presidency.

“Meacham’s work offers the university community insights on leadership lessons from past presidents, and our students will get to learn valuable lessons in history and politics,” Baldwin said.

Meacham is the executive vice president and executive editor at Random House and is a contributing editor for TIME magazine. His presidential history books include works on Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Franklin Roosevelt, and George Herbert Walker Bush. He won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House”.

UALR and the Clinton School of Public Service are hosting Meacham’s appearance, which is part of the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series.

To reserve a seat for Meacham’s lecture, contact Magan Meyer at mlmeyer@ualr.edu or 501.569.8803 by Friday, March 25.

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