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Doris Kearns Goodwin to Speak at Trinity

Monday, January 5, 2015

Goodwin, whose books on the American presidency have garnered critical and popular acclaim, will be the guest speaker of the Cameron Lecture Series

by Russell Guerrero '83

SAN ANTONIO – Doris Kearns Goodwin, renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, will present “Leadership Lessons of History: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents” as the guest speaker for the 2015 Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs at Trinity University. Her presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Laurie Auditorium.

The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Goodwin is the author of several critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, a tumultuous time for the nation that led to an era of reform.

She won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, and is the author of the best sellers Wait Till Next Year and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.

Her work has also been the source material for movies and documentaries. Her book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, was used as the basis for the film Lincoln by Steven Spielberg. The film earned 12 Academy Award nominations, including an Academy Award for Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.

Another book by Goodwin, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries.

Goodwin earned a doctorate in government from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a course on the American presidency. She served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs.

Goodwin is the winner of the Charles Frankel Prize, given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal and the Lincoln Prize.

The Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs is made possible by an endowment gift by Mrs. Flora C. Crichton of San Antonio.

For more information, contact the Office of University Communications at 210-999-8406.