Doris Kearns Goodwin

2001 Symposium Keynote Address

“The Moral Authority of the Presidency”

7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2001
Goodrich Chapel

Historian/author Doris Kearns Goodwin is acclaimed for her unique ability to illuminate the drama and the reality of the life and times of some of the twentieth century's most powerful figures. Her four books on Lyndon Johnson, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Fitzgerald and Kennedy families—and herself—have won numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller list. Three have been or will be made into full-length movies.

Goodwin worked as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson during his last year in the White House. The relationship lasted for the rest of Johnson's life, with Goodwin later assisting Johnson with his memoirs. A 10-year stint as professor of government at Harvard University, teaching a course on the American Presidency, led Goodwin to write No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Homefront in World War II, which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for history.

Along with politics, Goodwin is passionate about baseball, a lifelong obsession detailed in her bestselling memoir, Wait Till Next Year, described by the Washington Post as being "in the grand tradition of girlhood memoirs, dating from Louisa May Alcott to Carson McCullers and Harper Lee." Goodwin was a consultant for Ken Burns' PBS documentary, "The History of Baseball" and counts among her accomplishments being the first woman to enter the Red Sox locker room.

Goodwin writes regularly on politics and baseball, and often shares her views on such programs as "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and NBC and MSNBC news broadcasts.

A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Goodwin is also a winner of the Charles Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Sara Josepha Hale medal. A graduate of Colby College, Goodwin earned her doctorate at Harvard University.