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Presidential Leadership in Turbulent Times

November 12th,2018 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Are leaders born or made? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? This and more will be discussed by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Goodwin's latest book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, culminates five decades of studying American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Through studying these presidents and notable historical leaders, Goodwin develops a road map for aspiring and established leaders in all fields and for everyone in their everyday lives.

Goodwin, 75, who lectured before a sold-out crowd at Global Summit VIII in 2016 at Mercyhurst University, is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her 2013 book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to that book and boasts previous work with Goodwin's material, having drawn from Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln for the Academy Award-winning Lincoln.

Her storied career has also involved working closely with President Johnson, being the first female journalist to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and she appears regularly on NBC's Meet the Press.

Goodwin, who earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, was married to the late Richard Goodwin. She has two sons, Michael and Joseph.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Goodwin is the author of six 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 (November, 2013). Winner of the Carnegie Medal, The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the book.

Spielberg and Goodwin previously worked together on Lincoln, based in part on Goodwin’s award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Team of Rivals was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History.

Goodwin was awarded 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, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries.

Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is seen frequently on television networks NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, as well as The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press.

Other appearances have included The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and many more. Goodwin has served as a consultant and has been interviewed extensively for PBS and the History Channel's documentaries on President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball and most recently Burns' The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College, and was a Woodrow Wilson fellow. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. At the age of 24, Goodwin became a White House fellow, working directly with President Lyndon B. Johnson. Goodwin served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs.

Among her many honors and awards, Goodwin was awarded the Charles Frankel Prize, given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, and most recently the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and the Ohioana Book Award.

Goodwin lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, the writer, presidential advisor, speechwriter and playwright Richard N. Goodwin. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.