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World-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the Mossman Distinguished Lecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Goodwin’s lecture, “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” will take place Monday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended to plan for adequate overflow space.

Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II” and named a New York Times No. 1 best-selling author for “Leadership in Turbulent Times.” Her book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s film ”Lincoln” and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

She is also known for her appearances and commentary on television and news and cable networks, including features in Ken Burns’ “The History of Baseball” and “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” on news and cable networks, and on shows including “Meet the Press” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” She played herself on “The Simpsons” and a historian on “American Horror Story,” and she recently founded Pastimes Productions with Beth Laski to develop and produce film, television and digital projects.

Goodwin holds a doctoral degree from Harvard University and has been honored with the Charles Frankel Prize, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award.

The Mossman Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2015 and is made possible by an estate gift from the late Ken and Blaire Mossman, who met in Knoxville in 1968 while pursuing their degrees at UT.

In 2018, the university dedicated the Ken and Blaire Mossman Building in their honor. The building is designed for collaborative research and features the latest in teaching technology.

The registration link can be found here.


Cindi King (865-974-0937,