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Best-Selling Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to Speak at AGH Series Oct. 19

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Event will raise funds for Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny General Hospital and the West Penn Allegheny Health System announced today that world-renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, widely known for her best-selling histories of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, will deliver the featured presentation at the fifth annual Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute Speaker Series
The program will take place Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the George Magovern MD Conference Center at Allegheny General Hospital.

Goodwin served as an assistant to President Johnson during his last year in the White House, and later assisted him in preparing his memoirs. Her book, “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream,” landed on the New York Times best seller list in 1976. She followed up with the political biography “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” which was made into a six-hour ABC-TV miniseries in 1990. Her next book, “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 and was a New York Times best seller for six months.

Her most recent work, a monumental history of Abraham Lincoln entitled “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” quickly reached No 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Steven Spielberg is developing a feature film about the book, set to star Liam Neeson as Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Lincoln.

“Doris Kearns Goodwin’s unparalleled insight into the American presidency, combined with her captivating speaking style, promises to make for a memorable and thought-provoking evening,” said Srinivas Murali, MD, Medical Director of the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute. “Her first-hand experience in politics and record of scholarship makes her an invaluable source as we navigate this time of domestic and economic change in our country.”

In addition to her expertise in politics, Goodwin is an accomplished baseball historian and journalist. She was the first female journalist to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and served as an on-air consultant for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, “The History of Baseball.” Goodwin’s 1997 book “Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir,” about growing up in the 1950s in love with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Other participants in the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute Speaker Series have included Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough in 2006, the late managing editor and moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” Tim Russert in 2007, celebrated documentary filmmaker and historian Ken Burns in 2008, and senior CNN political analyst David Gergen in 2009.

The Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute is a leading center for advanced cardiovascular disease care and research in western Pennsylvania. Funds raised via its Speakers Series are used to support and expand the Institute’s comprehensive clinical services and research endeavors.

Tickets for “An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin” are on sale at www.aghgiving.org


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