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Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to speak at SMU on Feb. 24

February 19, 2015

Doris Kearns GoodwinDALLAS (SMU) – Presidential historian and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will be the featured speaker at the Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Lecture Series Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Goodwin will answer questions at the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Tate Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom, 3140 Dyer St.  The student forum is a lively question-and-answer session with Tate speakers for area high school students, SMU students, faculty and staff.

The Anita and Truman Arnold Tate Lecture will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Ln.  Bill McKenzie, editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, will moderate the sold-out program.

Goodwin has written six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books. Her most recent is The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Her other books are Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln; Wait Till Next Year; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys; and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.

She served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs. Goodwin has served as a consultant for PBS and History Channel documentaries as well as for filmmaker Ken Burns, and she frequently appears on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and CNN. Goodwin earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.