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"Newsweek" Editor Jon Meacham to Analyze Election Results at Pomona College on November 6

Just two days after the presidential election, Newsweek Editor and best-selling author Jon Meacham will be speaking on campus about the global and international implications of the election. His analysis, titled “The 2008 Presidential Election: A Post-Script,” will be held at 8 p.m. on November 6 in the Bridges Hall of Music. The talk is free and open to the public.

Meacham has been with Newsweek since 1995 and, as editor, supervises coverage of politics, international affairs and breaking news. Books he has written include American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Modern Nation (2006) and Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship (2003). He also edited Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement (2001). His next book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, will be released by Random House on November 11.

“We had always been planning on having a large lead-up to the election and a great deal of coverage since we are a political organization,” explains Hal Jakle ‘09, vice president of the Pomona Student Union, which is sponsoring this event, “but getting the editor of Newsweek to come to campus was a wonderful surprise.”

Jakle discovered Meacham's availability while researching another potential speaker in early 2008. The talk is part of a special four-date tour in which Meacham is visiting nonprofits and campuses to discuss the implications of the results of the election.

“I think the event is a great opportunity to bring a large audience, not just those majoring in politics or econ, to listen and think about the choices our country is making,” says Makle. “We are getting an incredible combination of intellect, prestige and unbelievable timing in getting the editor of Newsweek here two days after one of the most important elections of our lifetime.”