Pulitzer Prize-Winner Doris Kearns Goodwin to Speak at UB on April 26

By Mary Beth Spina

Release Date: March 16, 2001

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian and television commentator, will speak at 8 p.m. April 26 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

Goodwin will be the final speaker in the 14th annual Distinguished Speaker Series presented by UB and the Don Davis Auto World Lectureship Fund. Ticket prices range from $18-$28 and are available at the Center for the Arts box office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by calling TicketMaster at 716-852-5000.

A commentator on NBC-TV and a panelist on "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS, Goodwin also is well-known for her award-winning books on U.S. presidents and their roles in modern U.S. history. They include "Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream," "The Fitzgeralds and The Kennedys" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II."

Her latest book, "Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir," is a descriptive and often-poignant trip as she revisits her family, friends and the neighborhood where she grew up as an avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan after World War II.

Still a fan of the game, she has written many articles on baseball, consulted with Ken Burns on his documentary, "The History of Baseball," and was the first woman journalist to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room.

She received her undergraduate degree from Colby College in 1964.

Goodwin also was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a White House Fellow and a special assistant to President Johnson. She is on the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, where she was a professor of government for 10 years.

Goodwin's lecture is sponsored by the UB School of Management Alumni Association.

Series sponsor is the undergraduate Student Association. Affiliate series sponsors are University Bookstores, WNED and the Western New York Independent Living Project Inc.

Contributing series sponsors are the Center for the Arts, BAVServices, Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Makin' Copies, the UB Alumni Association and WBFO 88.7 FM, UB's National Public Radio affiliate.