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And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle
with Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and bestselling presidential historian

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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Today, American democracy faces a polarized population. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham has found a timely message to American leaders in the example of Abraham Lincoln: the survival of democracy demands a firm conscience. A frail, imperfect man, Lincoln overcame his limitations and was willing to risk his career to uphold his deep faith in liberty and equality. Meacham joins the Council December 6 to discuss his new biography, And There Was Light.

5:30 PM Check-in & Reception; 6:00 - 7:00 PM Program

About the Author:

Jon Meacham HeadshotJon Meacham is an American historian and Pulitzer-prize winning author who holds the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, where he is also a visiting professor and co-chairs the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & Democracy. Meacham has chronicled the lives of a range of U.S. political figures including John Lewis, George H.W. Bush, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Andrew Jackson in his multiple New York Times bestsellers. Meacham is celebrated for democratizing larger-than-life characters, showing their intimately human motivations. Meacham is a contributing writer to the New York Times, a contributing editor at TIME, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been awarded the Anti-Defamation League’s Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Prize, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Founders Award, and the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute’s Spirit of Democracy Award. A true Tennessean, he lives in Sewanee and in Nashville.

About the Moderator:

Talmage Boston Headshot 2022Talmage Boston is a partner at the Shackelford Law Firm in Dallas. He is also a former board member of the World Affairs Council and a member of the Mallon Circle, an honorary body comprised of members who have served the Council with distinction. He is a historian, author, speaker, and interviewer. Boston has spoken at the National Archives, six presidential libraries, 12 World Affairs Councils, and many universities.

Sponsored by:

Mike & Mitzi Wadsworth

Additional support provided by
Cher & David Jacobs

In Partnership with:

Location: Brookhaven College – Performance Hall (Building C)
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch, TX 75244
Fees: VIP Seating + 1 book
- Non-Member: $85
- WAC Member: $70
- Student/Vet: $60

General ticket + 1 book
- Non-Member: $55
- WAC Member: $45
- Student/Vet: $40

Two tickets + 1 book
- Non-Member: $70
- WAC Member: $60
- Student/Vet: $55
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