Well known presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin speaking at Virginia Tech on March 3

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A world-renowned presidential historian, Pulitzer prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author will deliver Virginia Tech’s 2020 Hugh and Ethel Kelly Lecture.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, a best-selling author, is also familiar to the public through her several appearances as a commentator on “Meet the Press.”

Goodwin’s presentation, titled “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” will explore presidential leadership, by “examining the careers of presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson,” according to a statement from the university.

The title of the lecture is the same name of Goodwin’s seventh book, which was published in 2018 and became a New York Times bestseller, according to a statement from Virginia Tech.

“To host a speaker of this caliber, who can use a sharp historical lens to explore the scope and impact of issues that can influence all of us, is a tremendous honor,” said Stefan Duma, the Harry Wyatt Professor of Engineering and director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.

Goodwin’s presentation is scheduled for March 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg. The event is free to the public, but the university encourages registering for the lecture. The event will follow with refreshment and the chance to meet the author, according to a university statement.


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