March 13, 2014

Goodwin to share leadership lessons from Lincoln

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Acclaimed historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin will share leadership lessons from Abraham Lincoln during her March 20 appearance at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will launch a new distinguished speaker series at the university. Goodwin’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is welcome. 

Her presentation is based on her best-selling history of America’s 16th president, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” The book served as the basis for the movie “Lincoln.”

In addition to the evening presentation, Goodwin will spend time with students, faculty, alumni and special donors throughout the day, including a small group luncheon with students and a joint history and political science class. 

Goodwin is the author of several books and has been reporting on politics and baseball for more than two decades. She appears regularly on network television programs and was an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt and Ken Burns’ “The History of Baseball.” Her most recent book is “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.” 

The SIU Distinguished Speaker Series is designed to bring influential speakers to campus twice a year to discuss ideas and issues of significance. 

Support for Goodwin’s appearance comes from the Office of the Chancellor, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, the SIU Foundation, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, and the University Honors Program.