Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough will kick off the Voices of American Distinguished Lecture Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo on Sept. 25. The performance will be held at 8 p.m. in Hoag Recital Hall on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The event is free to the public, but because of limited seating, tickets must be obtained. Copies of his books will be available that evening, which McCullough has agreed to sign following his performance.
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.
Educators may obtain tickets (limit of 4 per person) by calling the CSU-Pueblo History Department at 719-369-3026. Other individuals may obtain tickets (limit four) by calling
719-549-2810 or picking them up in 320 Administration on the CSU-Pueblo campus.
The series also will include 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.
On Sept. 25, George Washington and the American Revolution will be the featured topic of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough, widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice winner of the National Book Award, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In December 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.
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. To date, more than two million copies have been sold.
In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character."
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.
McCullough has twice won the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, and for his work overall he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award and the National Humanities Medal. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received more than forty honorary degrees.
In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television -- as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including The Civil War. His also is the narrator’s voice in the movie Seabiscuit.
Born in Pittsburgh, McCullough was educated there and at Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. He is an avid reader, traveler, and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture. He is as well a devoted painter. McCullough and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and 18 grandchildren.