Opening General Session


Presidential Historian and Author | Saturday, October 8    10:15–11:30 am

Doris Kearns Goodwin is the perfect person to turn to during a presidential election cycle. She is a world-renowned presidential historian and the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books. They include her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, a tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the book.

In 1995, Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She is well known for her appearances and commentary on television, where she is seen frequently on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and CNN and public-affairs programs such as Charlie Rose and Meet the Press.

Goodwin earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. She served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted President Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs.