Pulitzer prize winner to speak at economic club

BENTON HARBOR — Presidential historian and Pulitzer-prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will address The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan on April 20.

“Goodwin is a master storyteller with an uncanny gift for capturing the lives and events that have shaped our nation’s presidencies,” said Michael Cook, Club president. “Her perspective will be very timely as we consider the issues and candidates this election year.”

The member-only meeting will be held at the Mendel Center for the Arts and Technology, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Mich. Cook announced The Club’s Upton Hall members will meet at a new time.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. He said Mainstage Auditorium meeting times are unchanged.

Until April 15, Upton Hall memberships are $100 and Mainstage Auditorium memberships are $75. New and former members can join at www.TheEconClub.com.

Cook said Goodwin is highly sought as a speaker for her historical commentary on the American Presidents and the life lessons they proffer.

Business and political leaders often use her book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” to teach Lincoln’s quiet but powerful leadership qualities, including his wisdom in building and maintaining teams in the midst of trying circumstances. This book was also the basis of Steven Spielberg’s highly awarded film “Lincoln.”

Goodwin has authored five other critically acclaimed and The New York Times bestselling books. She won the Pulitzer Prize for” No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.”

Her most recent book,”The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (2013),” presents a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era. Goodwin has also served as a consultant and has been interviewed extensively for documentaries on Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, the Kennedy family and President Lyndon B. Johnson as well as for Ken Burns’ PBS series “The History of Baseball.”

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