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Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin traces her love of storytelling to when she was a little girl growing up on Long Island who regaled her father with detailed descriptions of the ballgames played by her beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. Now one of the nation's best-known scholars of the American Presidency, she has written extensively about LBJ, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Fitzgeralds, and the Kennedys, and most recently about the relationship of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the press during the early 20th century.
Her book, A Team of Rivals, The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the basis for Steven Spielberg's 2012 movie Lincoln.
Goodwin visited the SIU Carbondale campus in March 2014 to deliver the inaugural address of the SIU Distinguished Speaker Series.
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