Doris Kearns Goodwin to Speak at USF Fundraiser

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2008) – At the height of the election season, the University of South Florida’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy program is honored to present presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin as the featured speaker for its third Annual Scholarship Luncheon Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Tampa (211 North Tampa St.). WFLA News Channel 8 anchor Gayle Sierens will serve as guest MC. Tickets are $150. Funds raised benefit the program’s general scholarship endowment.

The luncheon will be preceded by a leadership forum at 10 a.m. on “The Role of Women in the Political Arena” moderated by nationally recognized political scientist Susan MacManus, distinguished professor in the USF Department of Government and International Affairs.

During the luncheon a special presentation of Community Leadership Awards will honor WLP founding member and Honorary Chair Carol Morsani and founding member Pamela S. Muma.

Goodwin is a world-renowned historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II. Her most recent work is a monumental historical work, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, winner of the 2006 Lincoln Prize. Steven Spielberg is developing a feature film about the book, set to star Liam Neeson as Lincoln.

For two decades Goodwin has reported on politics and baseball notably contributing to PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt and Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball. The NBC commentator graduated magna cum laude from Colby College and received her Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, where she taught that subject, including a course on the American presidency.

Seating is limited and must be reserved in advance with payment. Table sponsorships and individual seats may be purchased on-line by visiting For more information, call (813) 974-9535 or 974-5692.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels ,including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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