Doris Kearns Goodwin: Leadership in Turbulent Times

Date(s) - 10/30/18
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Francis W. Parker School

Hosted by
Chicago Humanities Festival

Doris Kearns Goodwin: Leadership in Turbulent Times

Chicago Humanities Festival

Oct 30, 2018 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House eventually led to her bestselling Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, followed by five widely acclaimed biographies and honors including a Pulitzer Prize, Lincoln Prize, and a Carnegie Medal. In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin interrogates five decades of her own research as a presidential historian, and offers an illuminating “digest” of the ways in which leadership seems to develop and be exercised. Join Goodwin, in conversation with CHF Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy, as they attempt to put our current moment into context, and investigate the larger question of moral purpose as a common guide among great leaders.

This annual lecture recognizes a generous multiyear contribution to the Chicago Humanities Festival by Julie and Roger Baskes.

Ticket purchase includes a copy of Leadership: In Turbulent Times.

A book signing will follow this program.


Doris Kearns Goodwin is a presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The author, most recently, of Leadership in Turbulent Times, her works include six critically acclaimed and best-selling books, including The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, winner of the Carnegie Medal. She earned the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History, for the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals, the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Lincoln. In 2016, Goodwin was the first historian to receive the Lincoln Leadership Prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.