Renowned Speakers

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Jon Meachum

American Historian, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Songs of America: the Music that Made a Nation

October 20, 2021 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Jon Meacham is one of America’s most distinguished public intellectuals: a Presidential historian who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Andrew Jackson, an orator who delivered the healing eulogy of President George H.W. Bush, and a journalist who is a past editor of ​Newsweek a​nd contributing writer to major news platforms. As a lifetime student of American history with a deep understanding of politics, history, and religion, Meacham provides historical context to modern issues and events. Best-selling biographer of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and George H.W. Bush, Meacham collaborated with country music star Tim McGraw to co-author his most recent book ​Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Music that Made a Nation​. Meacham’s presentation celebrates the songs that define the American experience, showcasing historic songs recorded by McGraw and illuminating the lyrics that have carried our country through times of struggle and celebration. In this unique lecture, Meacham will take us on a moving and insightful journey through eras in American history, connecting us with the songs and performers that inspired Americans past and present.

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Written by Eric H. Weinburger and Elaine Bromka

October 13, 2021 | 10:30am | Online

Exclusive for Early Season Ticket holders and Sponsors

Tea for Three is an online Vimeo play followed by a live Q&A with Elaine Bromka, Emmy® award-winner, star and co-writer. A witty, charming recreation of the reminiscences of three memorable First Ladies, Tea for Three chronicles the legacies of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as they prepare to leave the White House.

Season Ticket holders who purchase by September 22, 2021 will be contacted via email to register for the show. On the day of the presentation (October 13, 2021), registrants will receive a non-shareable link to the Vimeo play and directions for getting on the Question-and-Answer Webinar with Elaine Bromka following the play.

Acclaimed American actress Elaine Bromka is known for co-writing the one-woman play Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty with Eric H. Weinberger, in which Bromka portrayed First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Her thirty-plus year career has included appearances in numerous movies and television programs as well as on and off-Broadway productions. Bromka is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College and a faculty member at Smith and NYU.

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