For Immediate Release – September 27, 2004


GENESEO, N.Y. – Named "one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business" by The New York Times, Jon Meacham, at the age of 29, became managing editor of Newsweek. Now 34, he is also the best-selling author of "Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship." Meacham will deliver the 15th annual James Jeremiah Wadsworth Lecture at the State University of New York at Geneseo on Thursday, Oct. 14. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 8 p.m. in the college’s Wadsworth Auditorium. Meacham will speak on "Ballots and Bullets: The Politics of War, from FDR and Churchill to Bush and Kerry."

Meacham oversees Newsweek’s coverage of politics, international affairs and breaking news. He has written cover stories on guns in America, the sexual abuse scandals of the Roman Catholic Church, modern depiction of World War II in Hollywood movies, and the fall of Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott. His acclaimed cover story on Ronald Reagan, "American Dreamer," was a sweeping and intimate tribute to one of the most popular yet controversial presidents in American history.

His latest book, "Franklin and Winston," which Tom Brokaw called "important, insightful and highly entertaining," has brought Meacham national acclaim. Time magazine declared it "masterful" and The Washington Post proclaimed it "a memorable achievement." In the book, Meacham explores the relationship between the two great leaders who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. "The powerful emotional connection between Roosevelt and Churchill and how they confronted tyranny and terror is an incredibly contemporary story that yields important lessons for leaders today on a personal, political and diplomatic level," Meacham said. "I don’t think you can understand the art of leadership or the way we live now without grasping the nature of the Roosevelt-Churchill friendship."

Meacham is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. A contributing editor for The Washington Monthly, he also has written for The New York Times Book Review and Smithsonian. He also has appeared on various television programs, including "The Charlie Rose Show," "Larry King Live," "The Today Show," "The O’Reilly Factor," "Hardball" and "The Chris Matthews Show."

The Wadsworth Lecture at Geneseo was endowed 12 years ago by the late Alice Wadsworth Strong, who established the series in honor of her father, Ambassador James Jeremiah Wadsworth, to reflect and memorialize his life of public service at the national, state and local levels.

Previous Wadsworth Lecture speakers have included former Presidents George Bush and Gerald Ford, conservationist and paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, and author and journalist Joe Klein.

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