CSU–Pueblo Voices of America series to feature Pulitzer Prize winning authors this year


Two Pulitzer Prize winning authors will be among the four performers featured throughout the 2007-08 academic year as Colorado State University-Pueblo hosts a Voices of America Distinguished Lecture Series. All performances will be held in Hoag Recital Hall on the CSU-Pueblo campus. All events will be open to the public at no charge. Information about tickets will be announced prior to each presentation.

The series will include two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough on Sept. 25, University of California-Berkeley Professor Ronald Takaki on Nov. 13, Presidential commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin on Feb. 19, 2008, and author and former University of Vermont Professor James Loewen on May 12, 2008. The lecture series is made possible by a grant co-sponsored by CSU-Pueblo’s history department and Pueblo School District 70 and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grants aim to improve K-12 school history programs through professional development for American history teachers in southeastern Colorado.

The lecture series will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 25 with a discussion of Washington and the American Revolution by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough, widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” His books have been praised for their scholarship, their understanding of American life, their “vibrant prose,” and insight into individual character. McCullough’s most recent book, 1776, the number one New York Times national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, has been called, “brilliant…powerful,” “a classic,” while his previous work, John Adams, remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time. McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. As may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been out of print. To date, more than two million copies have been sold. In December, 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations’s highest civilian award.

A lightning rod for the study of America's racial and ethnic diversity, Ronald Takaki will discuss immigration and race on Nov. 13. An internationally recognized scholar, Takaki has been a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley, for more than 30 years. Through his research, Takaki asks how and why our nation has come to be so ethnically and racially diverse. He contemplates how we can incorporate the teaching of diversity into the curriculum for the coming century. Takaki is an acclaimed author of 11 books, including

Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans and A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. In answering these questions, Takaki presents a lively and inspiring multicultural people's history of America.

World-renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has been reporting on politics and baseball for more than two decades and will discuss Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War on Feb. 19, 2008. A commentator for NBC and a consultant and on-air person for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy Family, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball, Kearns earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for her book, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II. Her most recent work, a monumental history of Abraham Lincoln entitled Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, published in October 2005, joined the best-seller lists on its first week in publication, and soon reached #1 on the New York Times Best-Seller List. Steven Spielberg is developing a feature film about the book, set to star Liam Neeson as Lincoln.

The author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen has sold more than 800,000 books and continues to inspire K-16 teachers to get students to challenge, rather than memorize, their textbooks. His Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong came out in 1999. Loewen taught race relations for 20 years at the University of Vermont and previously taught at predominantly black Tougaloo College in Mississippi. The Gustavus Myers Foundation named his new book, Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, a Distinguished Book of 2005. He has been an expert witness in more than 50 civil rights, voting rights, and employment cases.

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