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Leftist Author Jon Meacham Named to Board of University of Tennessee’s Institute for American Civics – Brospar Daily News

Jon Meacham, author and former MSNBC contributor, is appointed New University of Tennessee Scholars Committee Institute of American Citizenship Last week University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd.

german capital Politics report Meacham helped President Joe Biden ‘shape’ ‘his now infamous division’hell talk“spoken last week in Philadelphia, where he to be attacked The 74 million Americans who voted for former President Donald Trump are a “threat to American democracy”.

Tennessee Star Ask Meacham Mondaythrough his representatives, confirmed or denied helping to craft Biden’s now infamous speech in Philadelphia, but he did not respond.

October 2020, Meacham describe Supporters of then-President Donald Trump were ‘painful, nervous’ white men with ‘lizard brains’.

Meacham has written several biographies of U.S. presidents, served as the Caroline T. Rogers and Robert Rogers Professor of U.S. Presidents at Vanderbilt University, and was Vanderbilt’s Project on American Unity and Democracy.

The American Citizenship Institute at UT was established under a bill passed by the Tennessee Legislature and signed into law earlier this year by Governor Bill Lee (R-TN). Lee proposed the establishment of the institute during his State of the Union address in January. At the signing ceremony for the law coming into force in May, Lee statement“I think this effort will be a model for the country. This is a great opportunity for our students to gain an education that gives us a deep understanding of the ideas and ideas that make Tennessee and America great. mechanism.”

[UT President] Boyd, supported by Lee and other legislative leaders, will create a 13-member committee to find and advise the director of the institute.

“The good news is that there are a lot of amazing possibilities, but it would be very difficult to decide who[the board members are on]”, Boyd said. “But I can guarantee you that we will have an incredible committee of fellows.”…

UT plans to employ 56 people to support the institute. . . The bulk of the $6 million came from new hire salaries and benefits, about $3.2 million of the total. In the financial document describing how the institute operates, the director’s annual salary is $200,000 per year plus benefits, but can be higher or lower depending on the candidate.

The Tennessee General Assembly has allocated $6 million in fiscal year 2022-23 — and $4 million annually thereafter — to integrate the institute into the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

According to a 16-page document released by Howard Baker Center management last Wednesday, Objective As established in the enabling legislation, the responsibilities of the Institute are as follows:

  1. Improve your understanding of federal, state, and local government structures and institutions.
  2. Learn about the principles and philosophies that helped found and develop the United States and Tennessee.
  3. Promote civil discourse and constructive debate.
  4. Improve education in politics, economics, philosophy, United States history, United States government, and other related fields, as appropriate, with an emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens; basic democratic principles; and how these principles are expressed in our federal, state and local agencies.
  5. A non-partisan civic affairs resource for students, teachers, government agencies and the public.
  6. Promote civic engagement through full and fair discussion and foster civic dialogue among those with differing opinions.
  7. Help ensure that the University of Tennessee provides a strong marketplace of ideas for all students and staff.

Meacham is one of 13 members of the Institute’s Scholars Committee. The other board members are:

  • Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Republican
  • Former Governor of Tennessee Phil Bredesen, Democrat
  • AB Culvahouse, Legal Counsel to O’Melveny & Myers and former US Ambassador to Australia, Chairman
  • Marianne Wanamaker, Professor of Economics and Executive Director, Baker Center, University of Tennessee
  • Danielle Allen, Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
  • Arthur Brooks, William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Public Leadership Practices, Harvard Kennedy School; Professor of Management Practices, Harvard Business School
  • Daniel Diermeier, President of Vanderbilt University
  • University of Tennessee Presidential Professor, Distinguished Professor of English, Director of the UT Center for Humanities Amy Elias (Amy Elias)
  • Robert George, McCormick Professor of Law at Princeton University and director of the James Madison Project on American Ideals and Institutions
  • Claudia Williamson Kramer, Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise and Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Glenn Reynolds, Beauchamp Brogan Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Tennessee
  • Paul Stumb, President of the University of Cumberland

Former Governors Haslam, Meacham and Samar Ali (not part of the Institute’s Fellowship Committee) Serve Is co-chair of the Vanderbilt Unification and American Democracy Project. A seasoned political veteran from Tennessee said star This unusual cross-pollination of leadership between the Vanderbilt Project and the taxpayer-funded UT Institute suggests that the idea of ​​private university projects may have infected UT projects.

“I assure you that the Republican lawmakers in the state of Tennessee who voted for this money had no idea they were going to fund Biden’s author of totalitarian speech in Philadelphia, but that’s exactly what happened. . Your taxes at work,” the veteran politician said.

In an email sent Monday, star Ask UT Chancellor Randy Boyd to explain why he appointed divisive parties like Meacham to the board of the institute, which aims to promote bipartisan understanding and cooperation. Boyd had not responded by press time.

star The same question was posed to Governor Lee. As of press time, Li did not respond.

several tennessee state legislators star Monday’s speech expressed shock at Meacham’s appointment as a fellow of the institute.

Moreover, an influential grassroots leader from Tennessee was surprised by the nomination.

“Any attempt to appoint a conservative writer to a similar committee in California or New York would be strongly condemned by Democrats. Can you imagine Kathy “Leaving New York” Hochle’s reaction? Take a look at Jon Meacham’s Twitter account @jmeacham Shows he thinks 60% of Tennessee voters who voted for Trump are violent Neanderthals who need to be closely monitored by the feds,” said Nashville Tea Party Founder and Chairman Ben Cunningham. star.

“He recently retweeted a [Washington Post] Column: MAGA-Evangelical Alliance is a direct threat to liberal democracy,” Cunningham added.

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Michael Patrick Leahy is Tennessee Star and Star News Network.
Photo “Jon Meacham” by Wilkes University. “University of Tennessee” background photo by: University of Tennessee.

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