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Press Release for Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Renowned Historian Discusses Former U.S. Presidents at UNF

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



World-renowned historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss “Former U.S. Presidents and Their Mark on the World” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the University of North Florida Arena. This event is free and open to the public. 


Goodwin received her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a course on the American presidency. Following her tenure at Harvard, Goodwin served as an assistant to Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House, later assisting Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs. In 1976, she authored “Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream,” which became a New YorkTimesbest-seller. 


Her most recent work, a monumental history of Abraham Lincoln entitled “Team of Rivals: ThePolitical Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” published in October 2005, joined the best-seller lists in its first week of publication and soon reached No. 1 on The New York TimesBest-Seller List. A feature film based on “Team of Rivals,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, will be out in November. Goodwin’s latest book won the 2006 Lincoln Prize for an outstanding work about the president and/or the Civil War, the New York Historical Society Book Prize, the Richard Nelson Current Award and the New York State Archives History Makers Award.  


Additionally, Goodwin authored the political biography, “The Fitzgeralds and theKennedys,” which stayed on The New York TimesBest-Seller List for five months and was made into a six-hour ABC miniseries in 1990. Another book, “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and EleanorRoosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II,”was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in April 1995, as well as the Harold Washington Literary Award, the New England Bookseller Association Award, the Ambassador Book Award and the Washington Monthly Book Award. It was a New YorkTimesbest-seller for six months. She is currently at work on a new book about the progressive era: Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft and the golden age of journalism. 


This event, co-hosted by the University and Stein Mart, is a Presidential Lecture and is part of the UNF Distinguished Voices Lecture Series. Tickets are required and can be reserved online at or by phone at (904) 620-2117.