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George Jung
10-10-2018, 11:17 AM
The Boss and I attended this talk, last evening - Jon Meacham, well-known author - at the Lied Center. It was quite enjoyable, followed by Q - A with the author. I found it interesting from the perspective of the speaker - he's a sharp fellow, gauged his crowd pretty quickly as to their politics, and adjusted (somewhat) accordingly. Suffice to say - he's not a Trump fan! But he gave a nice overview of American politics, over 250 years.


Jon Meacham October 9, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. “Tumult, Tragedy and Hope: America in 1968 from a Half Century’s Perspective” The 23rd Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities presented by Humanities Nebraska
Watch Live Stream of this Event (http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/television/en-thompson-forum-world-issues-jon-meacham-tumult-tragedy-and-hope)

One of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, Jon Meacham is a regular contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review. His national bestseller, “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. Formerly managing editor and editor for Newsweek magazine, Meacham is also the author of two bestselling biographies on Thomas Jefferson and George H.W. Bush. His newest book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” was released in May 2018 and quickly earned critical acclaim. Meacham’s lecture, “Tumult, Tragedy and Hope: America in 1968 from a Half Century Perspective,” marks the 50th anniversary of a watershed year in American life. The year 1968 was full of historic events, from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the advances made by antiwar, civil-rights, and feminist forces. In this free public lecture, Meacham will explain how the legacies and lessons of that time still resonate in the world today.

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10-10-2018, 03:23 PM
Preaching to the converted, rather like those dodgy TV evangelists. The people who should hear won't, and even if they did they are only interested in opinions that confirm their own.

George Jung
10-10-2018, 03:31 PM
Funny you should mention that - we had a 'mixed crowd', with a large contingent of UNL students (mostly Liberal) mixed in with both R and L oldsters. After a few Trump quips, a bunch sitting in front looked pretty po'd - but didn't leave. I don't see Nebraska going Dem, but probably less Trumpsters now, than 2 years ago. We'll see. And it's nice to hear a broader perspective- this speaker provided it.