Doris Kearns Goodwin
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author to Speak
August 23, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and presidential historian Doris
Kearns Goodwin will visit the Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University
campuses on Tuesday, September 18, for the 6th Annual Ames/Milner Visiting Author
Goodwin will appear at IWU for a presentation titled “Leadership Lessons from Abraham
Lincoln” beginning at 2 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 East Beecher St., Bloomington).
The event is free and open to the public. She will discuss her most recent work, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005). Reaching number one on the New York Times Best-Seller List, the book has been optioned for a movie. Highlighting several historical
figures, the work centers on how Lincoln’s political mastery shaped one of the most
significant presidencies in the nation’s history.
A world-renowned historian, Goodwin has been reporting on politics and baseball for
more than two decades. Her expertise has been sought as a commentator for NBC and
a consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin
Roosevelt and Ken Burns’ documentary The History of Baseball.
Goodwin earned a doctorate from Harvard University, where she later taught courses
on government, including a class on the American Presidency. She came to the attention
of President Lyndon B. Johnson after writing an article about him in the New Republic in 1968. She left Harvard to serve as Johnson’s assistant during his last year in
the White House, and later helped Johnson prepare his memoirs.
It was her 1995 book No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War
II (1995) that earned her a Pulitzer Prize, as well as a Harold Washington Literary Award
and the New England Booksellers Association Award. Her following novel was a departure
from the arena of presidents. Wait Until Next Year: A Memoir recounts her youth in the 1950s and her love for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The following is Goodwin’s schedule for the Visiting Authors Program on September
- 2-3 p.m.: A presentation with Q&A, Center Court, Hansen Student Center, Illinois Wesleyan
- 7-8 p.m.: Talk by Goodwin, “Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln,” Braden Auditorium,
Following the presentation will be a book signing at the Barnes & Noble College Book
Store in the ISU Bone Student Center.
Goodwin’s visit is sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University
and the Barnes & Noble College Book Store. For additional information about the Ames/Milner
Visiting Author Program, contact Karen Schmidt, university librarian for The Ames
Library, at (309) 556-3350.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960