"As we celebrate the College's 100th anniversary this year, I can think of no better historian to offer our community, especially our graduates, a strong perspective on leadership and public service," said Emmanuel President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN.
Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, her seventh, is a New York Times best-seller. During her distinguished five-decade career, her books have included: No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, for which she won the Pulitzer; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part television miniseries; and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which served as the basis for Steven Spielberg's hit film Lincoln.
An avid fan of Emmanuel's neighboring Boston Red Sox, Goodwin also penned a memoir, Wait Till Next Year, a story of growing up loving her family and baseball. She regularly appears in documentary films, including Ken Burns' The History of Baseball, as well as on news programs like Meet the Press. She also played herself on an episode of The Simpsons.
Doris Kearns Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College and earned a doctorate in government from Harvard University. She received an honorary doctorate from Emmanuel College in 1989.