WATCH: ‘Then and Now: Presiding in Polarized Times’ with Jon Meacham, Susan Glasser and Peter Baker hosted Dec. 7 by Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy




Bestselling authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser will join Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham for an evening of discussion surrounding the legacy of the Trump presidency and the midterm elections’ potential impact on our country’s fractured politics.  


This in-person event, “Then and Now: Presiding in Polarized Times,” will be Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Scarritt Bennett Center’s Laskey Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and registration is required to attend. 


Baker, the chief White House correspondent for TheNew York Times, and Glasser, a staff writer at The New Yorker, co-authored The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021. Meacham, co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy and the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, is the author of the recently published And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle. 


The trio is expected to discuss the often bare-knuckled endeavors of Trump’s White House appointees to stifle or promote the president’s agenda. Additionally, they will likely consider whether the former president will remain a pivotal player on the American political scene in the aftermath of November’s midterms. 


Register here to be added to the waitlist for the event. This conversation will be available afterwards for streaming on demand.