News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events

Apr. 18,  2011

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to Speak April 19

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World-renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the 2011 Goodrich C. White Lecture at Emory University on the “Lessons of History” as drawn from the American presidents. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 19 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1660 N. Decatur Road, Emory, and is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Goodwin has reported on politics and baseball for more than two decades. She is the author of several books and has written for leading national publications. Goodwin appears regularly on network television programs and was an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy Family, Franklin Roosevelt and Ken Burns’ “The History of Baseball.” 

In 1976, Goodwin authored her first book, “Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream” (1976) which became a New York Times bestseller. She followed up in 1987 with the political biography, “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys” which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for five months. In 1995, she won the Pulitzer Prize for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II,” another New York Times bestseller for six months. She also published her popular  “Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir” in 1997 about growing up in the 1950’s in love with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 

Her most recent work, a monumental history of Abraham Lincoln titled “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” published in October 2005, joined the bestseller lists on its first week in publication, and soon reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list. “Team of Rivals” won the 2006 Lincoln Prize for an outstanding work about Lincoln and/or the Civil War, the New York Historical Society Book Prize, the Richard Nelson Current award and the New York State Archives History Makers Award.   She is currently at work on the progressive era: Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft and the golden age of journalism.

Endowed by the DVS Senior Society, and cosponsored by the Emory’s Office of the President, the Goodrich C. White Lecture was established in memory of Emory’s 14th president, a 1908 graduate of Emory College and a member of the Senior Society who served as president from 1942 until retiring in 1957.


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