Jon Meacham to headline Ivy Tech’s O’Bannon Institute in April

 BLOOMINGTON – Jon Meacham, one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, will headline Ivy Tech Bloomington’s 14th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 27. The fundraising dinner will take place on Ivy Tech’s main campus and proceeds will benefit the Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement.

“We’re pleased to have secured Presidential historian, Jon Meacham, for our signature event,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Having just come off the 2016 Presidential election, we look forward to hearing Jon’s expertise on how historical and recent events impact our lives.”

Meacham is a Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributing editor at TIME. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. His latest Presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at #1 on the New York Times best sellers list in November 2015. His #1 New York Times bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, was hailed as “masterful and intimate” by Fortune magazine. His other national bestsellers include Franklin and Winston, American Gospel, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

Meacham is Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at the Random House Publishing Group. He served as the Newsweek‘s managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. Now a contributing editor at TIME, he writes for its Ideas section. He has appeared on Meet The Press, The Colbert Report, and Ken Burns’ documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. Meacham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The University of the South and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt.

The O’Bannon Institute for Community Service (www.ivytech.edu/obannon/) at Ivy Tech Bloomington was established in 2004 as an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss issues of importance. Previous speakers at the Institute include U.S. senators, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, governors, political advisers and columnists, a presidential candidate, and former first lady of the United States Laura W. Bush.

The fundraising dinner featuring Meacham will take place on Ivy Tech’s main campus at 200 Daniels Way on the west side of Bloomington, in Shreve Hall, located in the Cook Pavilion. Individual tickets cost $100 and Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsorships are available.

To purchase tickets or a sponsorship, visit www.ivytech.edu/obannon or contact Tina Phelps at (812) 330-6001 or tphelps@ivytech.edu for more information.

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