Sept. 4, 2012
Presidential historian, author and political commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin will present Morningside College’s 2012 Waitt Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on October 24 in Eppley Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
During her lecture, Goodwin will present stories, insights and analyses of the men who have assumed the presidency and offer a historical perspective on the 2012 presidential election campaign.
Goodwin is the author of best-selling biographies on Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedy family. Her most recent book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” is the basis for the Steven Spielberg-directed movie “Lincoln,” which is scheduled for release in November.
As a presidential historian and political news analyst, Goodwin has appeared frequently on network, cable and public television programs such as “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and “The Charlie Rose Show.” She also served as a consultant and was interviewed extensively for PBS and History Channel documentaries on Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns’ “The History of Baseball.”
Goodwin is working on a new book about the progressive era that examines the relationships between Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and leading “muckraking” journalists.
Goodwin has a doctorate from Harvard University, where she taught government and a course on the American presidency. She was as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson during his final year in the White House and later worked with him on the preparation of his memoirs.
Norman Waitt Jr., a 1986 Morningside graduate and a member of the Morningside College Board of Directors, established the Waitt Lecture Series at Morningside College in 1997. Recent lecturers have included retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Yale Law School professor Stephen Carter, economist/humorist Ben Stein, and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
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