Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to discuss presidential leadership in lecture at Rowan

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to discuss presidential leadership in lecture at Rowan


World renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose best-selling, critically acclaimed work has focused on the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson, among others, will discuss presidential leadership in a lecture on Monday, Feb. 20, at Rowan University.

Goodwin’s Presidents’ Day appearance at Rowan, which is free and open to the public, is part of the President’s Lecture Series, which brings prominent speakers to campus to address a host of topics—from education to science to history to politics.

Her talk, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of Rowan’s Chamberlain Student Center, kicks off the University’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summit at Hollybush.

In June of 1967, President Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexi Kosygin met at Hollybush, the historic mansion on Rowan’s campus. The summit between the leaders of the world’s two superpowers helped ease Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, Goodwin was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History for Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Stephen Spielberg’s award-winning film Lincoln was based in part on her book.

Her other best-sellers include Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, Wait Till Next Year, and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-wining, five-part television miniseries.

Goodwin’s most recent book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, won the Carnegie Medal. Spielberg has acquired film rights to the book.

A former White House fellow under President Johnson, Goodwin worked directly with the president in his last year in the White House and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs.

Goodwin has served as a consultant and has been interviewed extensively for PBS and History Channel documentaries on Johnson, the Kennedy Family, Franklin Roosevelt, and Abraham and Mary Lincoln. She appeared in Ken Burns’ Baseball and, most recently, in his series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Among Goodwin’s many awards and honors are the Charles Frankel Prize presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award.

A book signing will follow Goodwin’s lecture. Her appearance at Rowan is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Previous speakers at Rowan’s President’s Lecture Series have included, among many others, Cornel West, Stephen Jay Gould, Jonathan Kozol, Scott Sagan, Sergei Khrushchev, and Dan Rather.

For information about the series, call 856-256-4819.