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Video Highlights of 11th Annual Blavatt Lecture

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The editor of Newsweek magazine spoke on religion and politics April 11 at Gettysburg College.

The 11th Annual Blavatt Lecture, "God and Politics: From George Washington to George W. Bush," featured Jon Meacham, author of the book "American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation." 

Meacham began at Newsweek in 1995 as a writer, moved to managing editor in 1998 and became editor in 2006. He supervises Newsweek's coverage of politics, international affairs and breaking news, and has written cover stories on war, politics, religion and race. His latest book, "American Gospel," tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice. The book was a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller.

Meacham is also the author of "Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship," which is about the wartime relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill. The book won Churchill Centre's 2005 Emery Reves Award for the best book of the year on Winston Churchill and William H. Colby Military Writers' Symposium's Book of the Year Award. Meacham has also written for The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times Book Review and Washington Post Book World. In 2001, he edited "Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement," a collection of nonfiction about the mid-century struggle against Jim Crow. Born in Chattanooga, Meacham graduated from The McCallie School and University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., with a degree summa cum laude in English literature. He was salutatorian and elected to Phi Beta Kappa, an honor society.

Inaugurated in 1996, the Blavatt Lecture Series annually brings to Gettysburg College individuals whose professional experiences provide a unique perspective on the American political system. Previous speakers include former Majority Leader of the United States Senate Tom Daschle, former Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Richard Armey, former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Governor Howard Dean, New York Times Supreme Court senior correspondent Linda Greenhouse and 1961 Gettysburg College graduate Fred Fielding, counselor to President Reagan and current White House counsel to President Bush.

The lecture is made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Blavatt of Owings Mills, Md. Both of the Blavatt's sons graduated from Gettysburg College, as did their spouses: Jeffrey and Kelly and Jason and Amy.

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