Presidential historian Jon Meacham and his wife Keith have been paying close attention to the election. Like the rest of us! (Unless you’ve had to avert your eyes at this point.) Keith answers a few questions for Bacon today, and you’ll find their latest recommendations following the brief Q and A.
Jon is traveling all over the place this fall with the publication of the paperback of Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. I’ve ramped up my work with Homer, the literacy app I helped create five years ago, and with three kids in three schools we’re busy and happy.
I would think in your house you might have to be obsessed with the election. Yes?
Jon has to be a little obsessed with the election since he weighs in on the candidates pretty regularly. The rest of us have been watching the whole thing as you might slow down for a train wreck. It has been great to watch our children engage in conversation about the process and the people and to watch the debates together. I’m very excited that my two daughters might come of age in a country with a female president.
What’s the latest on the professional/volunteer front for both of you?
I’ve recently joined the board of Horizons National, a nonprofit that supports more than 50 summer programs for low income kids to prevent summer learning loss, build literacy and spark creativity. It has been wonderful work, dovetails perfectly with my literacy work at Homer, and is particularly great because Nashville has its very own Horizons program at University School of Nashville led by the amazing Sam Jackson and his team. Jon is busy researching James & Dolley Madison, his next biographical subjects. We recently took our son to visit the Madisons’ very beautiful home in Montpelier, Virginia. Worth a visit now that they’ve restored it to its original period condition after renovating, among other things, the DuPont’s Art Deco interior.
Will you be involved with the Library Gala (supporting the Nashville Public Library Foundation)?
Absolutely. Congressman John Lewis is an American hero whom we are lucky to call a friend. We’ll be at the patrons party and the Gala and Jon will have the privilege of leading the discussion with the Congressman at Margaret Ann Robinson’s gracious party.
Do you love thinking about the busy holiday calendar ahead or does it drive you to drink?
I love every holiday. I think Jon would prefer heading to the islands. We compromise by holing up in Sewanee in front of a fire for the whole Christmas holiday.
Jon Meacham’s Recommendations:
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Keith Meacham’s Recommendations:
Reception – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Langford Auditorium Lobby
Lecture – 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Langford Auditorium
Nia Malika Henderson, CNN Senior Political Reporter
Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning Syndicated Columnist and Commentator
CNN’s Nia Malika Henderson and Pulitzer-Prize winners Charles Krauthammer and Jon Meacham join Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for a reflection on the Presidential election and a forward look at what’s next for our country. Together, they’ll discuss the implications of this historic election and share their predictions of what we might expect from the 45th President of the United States of America.
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