Former Congresswoman Liz Cheney joins Canon Historian Jon Meacham for a conversation on how America’s leaders can put principles first, and how all Americans can find a better way to be in relationship with each other.

“Always vote for principle,” President John Quincy Adams reminds us, “though you may vote alone.”

Presented by the Cathedral College of Faith & Culture as part of the Cathedral’s A Better Way programming, a series of events designed to help Americans live together, learn from each other and find a way forward as a nation in polarized times.

A limited number of in person tickets are still available. There is also a pay-what-you-wish livestream with a $10 minimum. ASL interpretation is offered for this event.

about the participants
photo: David Hume Kennerly

Liz Cheney served as the U.S. representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district from 2017 to 2023. She chaired the House Republican Conference, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership, from 2019 to 2021, and served as the Vice Chair of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. She was also a member of the House Armed Services Committee, China Task Force, Natural Resources Committee, and the House Committee on Rules. Cheney served previously at the State Department as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and in positions for USAID and the Department of State working in Poland, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine. Cheney practiced law with White and Case and at the International Finance Corporation.

She is the author of the newly released memoir, Oath and Honor, which tells her firsthand account of the moment our democracy threatened to unravel and the story of the brave men and women who fought to save it. A specialist in national security and foreign policy, she is the co-author, along with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, of “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.”

Cheney received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. In 2022, Cheney, along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, received the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library’s prestigious Profile in Courage Award, with a commendation for her “consistent and courageous voice in defense of democracy.”


Portrait photograph of canon historian Jon MeachamPulitzer Prize-winning historian and writer Jon Meacham was named Canon Historian in 2021 The first to hold this title, as Canon Historian, Meacham preaches and leads public conversations several times a year on issues of faith, spirituality and civic life.

Meacham is a distinguished writer, historian, editor and scholar of American politics and public life, focusing on leadership and American history. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2009 biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” and has authored or co-authored 12 books in all, including three presidential biographies. Meacham was a close confidant to former President George H. W. Bush—the subject of his 2015 biography “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush”—and Meacham eulogized Bush at his funeral at the National Cathedral in 2018. Meacham occasionally advises President Joe Biden.

During his open-ended term as Canon Historian, Meacham will continue as the Rogers Chair in the American Presidency and co-chair of the Project on Unity and American Democracy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.