Colorado State University - Pueblo Voices of America features Doris Kearns Goodwin


Pulitzer prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will present the third in the four-part Voices of America Distinguished Lecture Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo on Feb. 19. The event will be held at 8 p.m. in the Hoag Recital Hall on the CSU-Pueblo campus. Copies of Kearns Goodwin’s books will be Goodwinavailable for sale at a 20 percent discount that evening and prior to the event at the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore.

Kearns Goodwin also will be the featured speaker at a workshop for educators from
3:30-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. Educators should call 719-369-3026 to make reservations both for the workshop and the performance. Individuals who already have made reservations for the free event may pick up their tickets the evening of the performance, or in External Affairs, Administration 320 on the CSU-Pueblo campus.

Because of limited seating, no additional reservations will be taken. It is recommended that ticket holders be in place 20-30 minutes prior to the performance as the general public will be allowed entry at 7:50 p.m. to claim unfilled seats. Doors to Hoag Hall Foyer will open at 7 p.m. to allow book sales to occur, followed by the doors to Hoag Recital Hall at 7:15 p.m.

The lecture series is made possible by a grant co-sponsored by CSU-Pueblo’s history department, Pueblo School District 70, and a consortium of 16 southeastern Colorado school districts under the umbrella of the Southern Colorado Teacher Education Alliance. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant aims to improve K-12 school history programs through professional development for regional American history teachers. The series will conclude with author and former University of Vermont Professor James Loewen on May 13.

Kearns Goodwin has been writing about politics and baseball for more than two decades. Goodwin is the author of several books and has written for leading national publications. She is 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. She was the first female journalist to enter the Red Sox locker room.

In 1976, Mrs. Goodwin authored Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream, which became a New York Times best seller. She followed up in 1987 with the political biography, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which stayed on the New York Times Best-Seller List for five months. In 1990, it was made into a six-hour ABC miniseries. Her next book, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II, was awarded the

Pulitzer Prize in April 1995, as well as the Harold Washington Literary Award, the New England
Bookseller Association Award, the Ambassador Book Award, and the Washington Monthly Book Award. It was a New York Times best seller for six months.

Mrs. Goodwin’s book, Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir, published in 1997, is about growing up in the 1950’s in love with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It has been a New York Times bestseller, as well as a Book of the Month Club selection. A Washington Post reviewer wrote, “This is a book in the grand tradition of girlhood memoirs, dating from Louisa May Alcott to Carson McCullers and Harper Lee.” It has been optioned for a musical.

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. Team of Rivals won the 2006 Lincoln Prize for an outstanding work about the president and/or the Civil War, 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.

Born and raised on Long Island, N.Y., she received her B.A. from Colby College, where she graduated magna cum laude. While at Colby, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the international honor society. She received her Ph.D. 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. She later assisted Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs.

She is married to Richard Goodwin, who worked in the White House under both Kennedy and Johnson. His experience as the investigator who uncovered the quiz show scandals of the 1950s was captured in the Academy Award- nominated movie Quiz Show, directed by Robert Redford. Goodwin has three sons.

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