USC Upstate Welcomes Pulitzer Prize Winner Jon Meacham, March 26

March 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

MEACHAM three-quarterThe University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham to campus as the inaugural speaker for the Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series at 7 p.m. March 26, 2014 in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Tickets are $30 for reception, book signing and presentation. Reservations and book purchases may be made at or at (864) 503-5235. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate, the series features an address by a distinguished scholar each spring.

Meacham, an accomplished historian, will speak on “The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency.”

“We are honored to have an historian of Jon Meacham’s significance as the inaugural speaker in the Edmunds Lecture Series,” said Rob McCormick, chair of the History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies Department. “The Edmunds Lecture Series is committed to exposing the university and the community to scholars of national and international importance in the fields of history, political science, philosophy, and religion.”

A New York Times best-selling author, Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion.” He also is the author of  “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,” “Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, and “American Gospel.”

Meacham is an executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, a contributing editor of Time magazine, a former editor of Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. He also is a regular contributor for “Meet the Press,” “Morning Joe,” and “Charlie Rose.”

As a former trustee and regent of The University of the South, Meacham has served on the vestries of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and Trinity Church Wall Street.

A native of Chattanooga, Meacham holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from The University of the South, where he was salutatorian and Phi Beta Kappa. He began his career as a reporter at The Chattanooga Times. He and his wife live with their three children in Nashville and in Sewanee.

Who Is Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr.?

Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. served for 43 years as a professor of American history at the University of South Carolina Upstate. A Spartanburg native, Dr. Edmunds earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina, where he specialized in the history of the Palmetto State. In 1967, as the first professor hired by the University of South Carolina Upstate, Dr. Edmunds began a career distinguished by excellence as a teacher, a scholar and an administrator. For more than four decades, Dr. Edmunds inspired Upstate students with his enthusiastic teaching.

He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of South Carolina history, his deep affection for his native state, and his ability to convey his love for South Carolina to his students. He is the author of two books, Francis W. Pickens and the Politics of Destruction and The Episcopal Church of the Advent: History and Records, 1848-1998, as well as numerous articles on South Carolina.

This lecture series is being held in collaboration with the Johnson College Excellence in Innovation Series, with special thanks is given to the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, American Studies and Religion and the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.

Sponsors for the evening include J M Smith, Wells Fargo, Budweiser of Spartanburg, Contec, and McMillan Pazdan Smith.

For more information contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or