Pulitzer-winning author selected to address Carthage's Class of 2018

2018 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: JON MEACHAM

Pulitzer-winning author selected to address Carthage's Class of 2018

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KENOSHA, Wis. – Carthage College has selected Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham to deliver the 2018 Commencement address Sunday, May 27.

He will speak to graduates and their families during the graduation ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center Field House at Carthage, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

Meacham also will give a public presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in A. F. Siebert Chapel. A regular guest on the MSNBC news show “Morning Joe,” he possesses a keen understanding of how historical and current affairs affect people’s lives.

Meacham’s newly published book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” grew out of his reaction to last year’s racial conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, and today’s inflammatory political climate. Distilling past lessons with an aptitude the Washington Independent Review of Books called “bordering on the supernatural,” he points to other moments in U.S. history when hope triumphed over divisiveness.

His most recent presidential biography, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2015. One of Meacham’s previous presidential works, “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” won a Pulitzer for biography in 2009.

He is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University and his alma mater, The University of the South, where Carthage president John Swallow served as a board member from 2007 to 2011 and a faculty member and senior administrator from 2011 to 2017.

A contributing editor at Time magazine, Mr. Meacham also pens “The Long View” column in The New York Times Book Review. In 12 years as a senior editor at Newsweek, The New York Times called him “one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business.”

While the Commencement ceremony is reserved for graduates and their guests, anyone can view a live stream at live.carthage.edu.
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