Newsweek editor/author Jon Meacham to speak at Fairfield University


Image: MeachamJon Meacham was only 29 years old when he became managing editor of Newsweek in 1998. Not long after that, The New York Times named him "one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business." On Monday, April 14 at 8 p.m., the annual University College Ignatian Lecture presents Meacham, now the editor of Newsweek. The lecture entitled, "God and Politics: From George Washington to George W. Bush," is the final lecture of the season for the Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) at University College. It takes place at the Quick Center for the Arts. Tickets are $45.

"Considering the matrix of public attitudes, politicians, and pulpits with some controversial clergy, Jon Meacham brings our Open VISIONS Forum audience to national issues occupying the front page," comments Dr. Philip Eliasoph, moderator for OVF. Joining Dr. Eliasoph onstage with Meacham is Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S. J., director of the University's Center for Faith and Public Life and Dr. James Simon, professor of English and former Associated Press journalist who will introduce the speaker.

As the editor of Newsweek, Meacham has written many cover stories on a variety of topics, among them, war, politics, religion and race. In addition to his ongoing exploration of topics of significance to people in America and around the world, he is the author of the bestselling book, "American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation."

Meacham's lecture addresses the past, present and future connections between faith and politics, from the Founding Fathers' insistence on religious liberty to the contentious but surprisingly familiar tensions of today. From the beginning of the Republic, religion has been perhaps the most pervasive yet least understood force in American life.

Meacham is passionate but nonpartisan in his exploration of this hot topic. His meticulous reverence for history enables him to draw the conclusion that the past can teach us much about the conflicts of our own time. By looking back, he contends, we may find a way forward and a new perspective about the issues of our new century.

The University College Ignatian Lecture is named for the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola who advocated a method of reflection on one's actions to recognize one's true vocation.

Tickets are available online at the Open VISIONS Forum website, www.fairfield.edu/openvisions or by calling the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010; toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. Jon Meacham was only 29 years old when he became managing editor of Newsweek in 1998. Not long after that, The New York Times named him "one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business." On Monday, April 14 at 8 p.m., the annual University College Ignatian Lecture presents Meacham, now the editor of Newsweek. The lecture entitled, "God and Politics: From George Washington to George W. Bush," is the final lecture of the season for the Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) at University College. It takes place at the Quick Center for the Arts. Tickets are $45.

"Considering the matrix of public attitudes, politicians, and pulpits with some controversial clergy, Jon Meacham brings our Open VISIONS Forum audience to national issues occupying the front page," comments Dr. Philip Eliasoph, moderator for OVF. Joining Dr. Eliasoph onstage with Meacham is Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S. J., director of the University's Center for Faith and Public Life and Dr. James Simon, professor of English and former Associated Press journalist who will introduce the speaker.

As the editor of Newsweek, Meacham has written many cover stories on a variety of topics, among them, war, politics, religion and race. In addition to his ongoing exploration of topics of significance to people in America and around the world, he is the author of the bestselling book, "American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation."

Meacham's lecture addresses the past, present and future connections between faith and politics, from the Founding Fathers' insistence on religious liberty to the contentious but surprisingly familiar tensions of today. From the beginning of the Republic, religion has been perhaps the most pervasive yet least understood force in American life.

Meacham is passionate but nonpartisan in his exploration of this hot topic. His meticulous reverence for history enables him to draw the conclusion that the past can teach us much about the conflicts of our own time. By looking back, he contends, we may find a way forward and a new perspective about the issues of our new century.

The University College Ignatian Lecture is named for the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola who advocated a method of reflection on one's actions to recognize one's true vocation.

Tickets are available online at the Open VISIONS Forum website, www.fairfield.edu/openvisions or by calling the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010; toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. Jon Meacham was only 29 years old when he became managing editor of Newsweek in 1998. Not long after that, The New York Times named him "one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business." On Monday, April 14 at 8 p.m., the annual University College Ignatian Lecture presents Meacham, now the editor of Newsweek. The lecture entitled, "God and Politics: From George Washington to George W. Bush," is the final lecture of the season for the Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) at University College. It takes place at the Quick Center for the Arts. Tickets are $45.

"Considering the matrix of public attitudes, politicians, and pulpits with some controversial clergy, Jon Meacham brings our Open VISIONS Forum audience to national issues occupying the front page," comments Dr. Philip Eliasoph, moderator for OVF. Joining Dr. Eliasoph onstage with Meacham is Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S. J., director of the University's Center for Faith and Public Life and Dr. James Simon, professor of English and former Associated Press journalist who will introduce the speaker.

As the editor of Newsweek, Meacham has written many cover stories on a variety of topics, among them, war, politics, religion and race. In addition to his ongoing exploration of topics of significance to people in America and around the world, he is the author of the bestselling book, "American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation."

Meacham's lecture addresses the past, present and future connections between faith and politics, from the Founding Fathers' insistence on religious liberty to the contentious but surprisingly familiar tensions of today. From the beginning of the Republic, religion has been perhaps the most pervasive yet least understood force in American life.

Meacham is passionate but nonpartisan in his exploration of this hot topic. His meticulous reverence for history enables him to draw the conclusion that the past can teach us much about the conflicts of our own time. By looking back, he contends, we may find a way forward and a new perspective about the issues of our new century.

The University College Ignatian Lecture is named for the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola who advocated a method of reflection on one's actions to recognize one's true vocation.

Tickets are available online at the Open VISIONS Forum website, www.fairfield.edu/openvisions or by calling the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010; toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 27, 2008

Vol. 40, No. 221