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The Annual Student Forum – featuring Fairfield students on stage with leading authorities in a candid and animated cross-generational conversation. Special thanks to Jim Fitzpatrick, assistant vice president of student affairs.

This year, the Annual Student Forum will feature Jon Meacham, a renowned presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, contributing editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

His most recent book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, scrutinizes the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Meacham describes historical moments when the “better angels of our nature,” a term used by Abraham Lincoln, have repeatedly won the day. USA Today said of the book, “Meacham gives readers a long-term perspective on American history and a reason to believe the soul of America is ultimately one of kindness and caring, not rancor and paranoia.”

Meacham’s other best-selling books include Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2009), Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation and many more.

Meacham is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Society of American Historians, as well as a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University.

Jon Meacham →
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