Historian Goodwin to discuss Lincoln, presidential leadership
Posted: September 02, 2008
Ticket registration for Doris Kearns Goodwin's talk has closed. A limited number of tickets may be available the day of the talk, Sept. 30, at the Weis Center Box Office.
Overflow seating will be available for a full simulcast of the event in Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building on a first-come, first-served basis.
And in a special arrangement with WVIA, the event will be re-broadcast in October on WVIA-TV. Please check back here and in local TV listings for further details on airdates.
Updated Sept. 11, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will lead off the Bucknell Forum national speaker series this fall with a talk about the lessons the next president can learn from Abraham Lincoln and his “team of rivals.”
Goodwin is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. The talk, titled “Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln and Their Meaning for Our Next President,” is free and open to the public but tickets will be required.
Team of Rivals
Based primarily on her best-selling book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005), Goodwin’s talk will explore the lessons learned in leadership, political economy and successful strategy from “one of history’s most compelling personalities” and their relevance for the next U.S. president.
Goodwin’s visit will precede by a week a talk by renowned presidential biographer David McCullough, who has been named the 2008 Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters at Bucknell. Though not a Bucknell Forum event, McCullough's talk will add to the forum's ongoing discussion of this year's presidential election.
“Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough are two of the most revered and well-known presidential historians and biographers of our time, and it is a great privilege to have them both visit our campus within weeks of the November presidential election," Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell said.
Goodwin has studied and written about several of the country’s most influential presidents and their legacies. Team of Rivals, her most recent book, was a New York Times best-seller and winner of the 2006 Lincoln Prize for an outstanding work about the president, the inaugural New York Historical Society Book Prize, the Richard Nelson Current award, and the New York State Archives History Makers Award. Steven Spielberg is developing a feature film about the book, set to star Liam Neeson as Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary.
Goodwin is also the author of Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream (1976) and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys (1987), which was made into a six-hour ABC miniseries in 1990. Both books were New York Times best-sellers as well.
In 1995, she won the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II. The book also was a Times best-seller and won the Harold Washington Literary Award, the New England Bookseller Association Award, the Ambassador Book Award, and the Washington Monthly Book Award.
Politics and baseball
Goodwin also has reported on politics and baseball for more than two decades for leading national publications and network television programs. She is a commentator for NBC and a consultant and on-air personality for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy Family and Franklin Roosevelt, and for Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball. She was the first female journalist to enter the Red Sox locker room.
Goodwin received a bachelor's degree from Colby College and a doctorate in government from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a course on the American Presidency. Following her tenure at Harvard, Goodwin served as an assistant to Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs.
The Bucknell Forum
“The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America” is an ongoing national speakers series focusing on the major issues of the presidential election. It features nationally renowned leaders, scholars and commentators examining these issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives and a diversity of viewpoints to provide a model for civil discourse.
The series will run through the inauguration of the new U.S. president. This final semester’s theme is “Power and the President.”
Goodwin’s talk will be followed by a polling event and discussion on Oct. 28. During the event, a group of students will provide live feedback while viewing campaign materials. National polling experts will review and discuss the results of the live polling and of other national surveys.
A final event to be held after the election will be announced later this semester.
This past spring, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer led off a lineup that included a panel of religion experts who discussed the role of religion in politics and best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich, who talked about citizenship and class. Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts rounded out the spring series with a talk titled “America's Second Black President: Race, Politics & Obama.”
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