Historian and Writer Doris Kearns Goodwin to Lecture at SHU

News Story: October 5, 2008

Sacred Heart University’s Student Affairs Lecture Series will host Doris Kearns Goodwin on Thursday, November 13th, at 7 P.M. She will discuss her latest work, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The event commemorates the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, which is being observed nationwide in 2008-2009.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for SHU students, staff and faculty (limited to 1 per person). The lecture will take place in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Contact Student Life at 203-371-7846 for tickets.

A world-renowned historian, Mrs. Goodwin is a former aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and a one-time Harvard professor. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a widely respected expert on the American presidency.

Mrs. Goodwin has been reporting on politics and baseball for over two decades. She 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 personality 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.

Her most recent work, 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.