Jon Meacham to visit College, give public lecture


Thursday, April 11, the College of William and Mary announced that it has named presidential historian Jon Meacham as its 2024 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellowship in American Politics.

Meacham will give a public lecture with a question-and-answer session Tuesday, April 30 in the Commonwealth Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. He will also meet with student leaders and participate in a class discussion.

The fellowship is named after Hunter B. Andrews ’42, who served in the Virginia Senate for more than three decades, including several years as the Democratic majority leader. It aims to attract prominent journalists, politicians and academics to meet with students at the College.

The press release listed his professional achievements.

“In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Meacham has earned numerous awards and accolades throughout the years, including the Anti-Defamation League’s Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Prize, the Aspen Institute’s Public Service Award and the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute’s Spirit of Democracy Award. O’Connor was William & Mary’s 23rd chancellor,” the release states.

Meacham’s works have appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and TIME. He also served as the editor-in-chief of Newsweek.

In 2022, the College named Nate Silver, founder of the award-winning website, as the fellow. Previous recipients include Rep. Rob Wittman, CNN commentator Ana Navarro, Bill Kristol, Norm Ornstein, University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato and politician and civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis. 


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