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Musco Center for the Arts presents Doris Kearns Goodwin on October 10, 2019

In a special appearance at Musco Center for the Arts on Thursday*, October 10 at 7:30pm, Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” a look at how qualities of four major U.S. Presidents distinguished the way they led the nation. 

Her observations, based on Goodwin’s recent critically acclaimed bestseller, Leadership in Turbulent Times, offer unique insight into the character of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as an essential road map for contemporary Americans – especially those in leadership positions.

The appearance by Goodwin is the first of three events in the 2019-20 Season Provost’s Arts and Lectures. This second annual program of appearances by international thought leaders is presented through a partnership between Musco Center and Chapman University’s Office of the Provost, Glenn M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. The remaining Provost Lectures will be Matt Ridley’s “The Evolution of Everything” on November 6 and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow ” on April 7, 2020. 

Goodwin’s visit will also feature a Musco Master Class, one of many events that enable small groups of Chapman University students to learn from and work with exemplary artists and scholars whose subjects expand on University curricula.

“Because Ms. Goodwin is a leading scholar on nature of presidential leadership, unquestionably the most discussed topic in America today, her extended time on campus for a Musco Master Class underscores the importance Musco and Chapman University place on bridging performance and academia,” said Musco Center Executive Director Richard T. Byrant. “In fact most of our 2019-20 Season presentations align directly with what is taught at the University. The Provost Series, in collaboration with Provost Glenn Pfeiffer, is designed to connect Musco’s work with the life of the University just as the three Musco Leap of Art events and the many Master Classes reflect our entire programmatic direction.”  

The October 10 event begins at 7:30pm. Tickets, beginning at $53, are available at or through the Musco box office by calling 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass.

Goodwin’s historic perspectives

Leadership, Goodwin recently told an interviewer, has been a special interest since her days in graduate school. Whether leaders are born or made, the origin of ambition, and if times make the man or the man makes the times were questions that fueled late night discussions with fellow students.

After graduating magna cum laude from Colby College, Goodwin pursued a doctorate in Government at Harvard University. There, the 24-year-old graduate student was invited to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. She accepted, and worked in the Johnson White House, earning the trust and respect that years later would lead to assisting him write his memoirs. With exhaustive additional study, her personal experience would inform Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, the landmark profile she recently re-released with a new foreword highlighting LBJ’s accomplishments in domestic affairs.

Her other books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Her sixth book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, won the Carnegie Medal and is being developed into a film. Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and was awarded the Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History, and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

Other books include The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part television miniseries, and Wait Till Next Year, her memoir of growing up loving her family and baseball. A devoted Boston Red Sox fan, in 1979 she was the first woman to enter the team locker room. Her lifelong love of baseball is well documented in Ken Burns’ “The History of Baseball,” in which she is among the interviewees. She also appears in Burns’ “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

Goodwin’s October 10, 2019 appearance begins at 7:30pm. Tickets, beginning at $53, are available at or through the Musco box office by calling 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.

This article was released by the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University.