Doris Kearns Goodwin to Speak on the Presidency at Yale

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak on “The Moral Authority of the Presidency” when she delivers the Gary Fryer Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. on April 6 in Yale Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall Street. Goodwin’s talk, which is sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, is free and open to the public.

Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in History for her 1993 book, “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II.” Her other best-selling books on political history are “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream” and “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.” A lifelong baseball aficionado and the first women journalist to enter the locker room of the Boston Red Sox, Goodwin’s latest book is 1997’s “Wait Till Next Year,” in which the Brooklyn Dodgers figure prominently.

A regular commentator on the “News hour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS, Goodwin has been a consultant and interview subject for PBS documentaries on Presidents Johnson and Roosevelt, the Kennedy family and Ken Burns’ documentary on the history of baseball.

A graduate of Colby College, Goodwin earned her Ph.D in government at Harvard University and was a professor of government at Harvard for 10 years. Her teaching included the course on the American presidency.

The Gary Fryer Memorial Lecture honors Fryer, who served as Yale’s director of public affairs and special assistant to the president from 1994 until his death in 1997. He overhauled and directed the University’s efforts to communicate its achievements and goals to Yale’s constituencies and to the public at large, and advised President Richard C. Levin and the other University officers on a host of issues. Prior to joining Yale, Fryer spent eight years as a top appointee in the administration of New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo.

In establishing the Fryer Lecture, President Levin said, “We would hope and expect the Fryer Lectures to focus on the ethical responsibilities of those engaged in government, higher education and communications – to continue the conversation that Gary always encouraged among his friends and colleagues about how to be honorable, ethical, and effective in all the various modes of public service.”

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