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Newsweek editor’s Purdue lecture postponed due to weather

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -– The first lecture of the 2010 Sears Lecture Series, scheduled for 7:30p today (Tuesday, Feb. 9), has been postponed due to inclement weather. The rescheduled date for the lecture will be announced as soon as possible.

Jon Meacham Newsweek Editor

Tonight's talk, which has been postponed due to inclement weather, was to feature Newsweek editor Jon Meachum.

The talk, part of the 2010 Sears Lecture series, was to feature Newsweek editor Jon Meacham. The theme for the series is “Presidential Leadership in Global Economic Crisis.” All talks are free and open to the public.

The Sears Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of History, which is housed in Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts.

Meacham’s talk was to be an historical overview examining the limits of presidential influence over the economy and outlining how presidents from Washington to Roosevelt to the present have confronted the challenges and opportunities of global crises.

Editor of Newsweek and author of “Franklin and Winston and American Lion,” Meacham was named one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business by The New York Times.

Sears Lecture Series speakers, topics and dates include:

  • Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek, “Economic Leadership in a Time of Crisis: Then and Now.” Date and time to be announced.
  • Robert Dallek, emeritus professor of history at UCLA, “Obama’s First Year: War, Peace, and the Economy in Historical Perspective.” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall.
  • David Painter, associate professor of history at Georgetown University, “The Moral Equivalent of War? American Presidents and the Oil Crises of the 1970s.” 7:30 p.m. March 9 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall.
  • Amity Shlaes, a senior fellow in economic history at the Council on Foreign Relations, “Roosevelt and Obama: Getting to Recovery.” 7:30 p.m. March 23 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall.

The biennial series is named for the late Purdue historian Louis Martin Sears, who was a faculty member in the then joint Department of History and Political Science from 1920 until his retirement in 1956. Sears specialized in diplomatic history and biography and was the author of numerous books. The lecture series bearing his name is alternately produced by the history and political science departments, in conjunction with Purdue Convocations.

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