February 12, 2018
7:30 pm
Diversity Lecture Series

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Where Do We Go From Here: Leadership in Turbulent Times

All tickets have been distributed. Open seats will be released to partons without tickets 15 minutes prior to the event.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Ms. Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and The New York Times bestselling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (November, 2013). Ms. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War IINo Ordinary Time was also awarded the Harold Washington Literary Award, the New England Bookseller Association Award, the Ambassador Book Award and The Washington Monthly Book Award. Ms. Goodwin is the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys

Ms. Goodwin is well known for her appearances and commentary on television, where she is seen frequently on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press. Other appearances include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and many more. 

Ms. Goodwin graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College, and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency, and, at the age of just 24, became a White House Fellow, working directly with President Lyndon Johnson. Ms. Goodwin served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs.  Among her many honors and awards, Ms. Goodwin is the winner of the Charles Frankel Prize, given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and the Ohioana Book Award.

Civil Discourse in a Global Society


This year, as we look to the mission of the Diversity Lecture Series in the context of larger national and international conversations, we include programs and engagement opportunities around the theme of “Civil Discourse in a Global Society.” Through thoughtful events and dialogue we strive to help bridge the political divide and uncover common ground within our community and beyond.

We are a nation built of complexity and compromise. Understanding the vast and varied cultures, opinions, perspectives, and experiences of others is imperative to understanding our community as well as our country. This immutable truth is inherent in Butler’s founding ideals of inclusivity and diversity, and its educational mission which includes, “creating and fostering a stimulating intellectual community built upon interactive dialogue and inquiry.”

This year's series is made possible with generous support from the Office of the Mayor of Indianapolis, Kroger, and Ivy Tech Community College.