More than 1,500 humanities supporters, students and community members packed the Lied Center for Performing Arts in October to hear presidential biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham present “Tumult, Tragedy and Hope: 1968 from a Half Century’s Perspective,” at the 23rd annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities.
The lecture was presented by Humanities Nebraska with co-sponsors the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues and the University of Nebraska.
Preceding the lecture, a benefit dinner raised more than $170,000 for Humanities Nebraska’s statewide programs. Co-chaired by Lincolnites Shannon Harner and Matt Schaefer, the dinner set a record for Humanities Nebraska with more than 530 in attendance.
Also at the dinner, Pamela Hilton Snow received the Sower Award in the Humanities. Snow is credited for her leadership, organization, philanthropy and love for the arts and humanities. Her dedication, specifically to the Grand Island area, has led to creating and enhancing many humanities institutions.
Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. His bestseller,
“American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. His new book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times bestsellers list, as did “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (2015).”
In his expansive lecture on 1968, Meacham drew parallels and contrasts to current day events and other moments in history. As he outlined the historic events of 1968, he said, “One of the points of history is to create a sense of proportion, a scale on which to judge the relative urgency of a given moment.”
Following the lecture, Meacham answered questions from the audience, and earlier in the day on campus, he had an animated conversation with UNL students. The lecture will be rebroadcast. Check HumanitiesNebraska.org for details.