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Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs to Feature Presidential Historian

Friday, March 1, 2019
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Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, to speak on “Leadership in Turbulent Times”

by Carla Sierra

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author will speak on “Leadership in Turbulent Times” at the Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs on Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity’s Laurie Auditorium.  

Her career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when, as a 24-year-old graduate student at Harvard, she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Goodwin worked with President Lyndon Johnson in the White House and later assisted him in the writing of his memoirs.

She then wrote Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, which became a national bestseller and achieved critical acclaim. It will be re-released in Spring 2019 with a new foreword highlighting LBJ’s accomplishments in domestic affairs that have stood the test of time.

Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys was adapted into an award-winning, five-part television miniseries. Her book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 and became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History, and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

Goodwin is frequently seen on television news shows such as Meet the Press and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as well as in documentaries such as Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

She graduated magna cum laude from Colby College, and earned a doctorate in government from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a course on the American presidency.

Among her many honors and awards, Goodwin was awarded the Charles Frankel Prize, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, as well as the Carl Sandburg Literary Award.

The Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs is made possible by an endowment gift from the late Mrs. Flora C. Crichton of San Antonio. The lecture is free and open to the public. The event will also be live streamed at live.trinity.edu.

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