2017 Power of the Purse® to feature Presidential Historian and Author Doris Kearns Goodwin

Renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin is the featured speaker for 13th Annual Power of the Purse® taking place Tuesday, May 23, at the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville. Goodwin will provide a historical perspective on "Our Wild 2016 Election" and will take questions from the audience. Reservations can be made beginning in March 2017.

"Doris Kearns Goodwin has been called ‘America's historian-in-chief'," said Elizabeth Brazas, President. "She is eminently qualified to provide historical context for the 2016 presidential election. CFWNC is proud and pleased to bring her insight and perspective to Western North Carolina."

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, winner of the Carnegie Medal. Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film and television rights to the book. Spielberg and Goodwin previously worked together on the film Lincoln, based in part on Goodwin's award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The book was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History.

Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, and is the author of the best sellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries.

She appears frequently on television and has served as a consultant and been interviewed extensively for documentaries on President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, as well as Ken Burns' The History of Baseball and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. At the age of 24, Goodwin became a White House fellow, working directly with President Lyndon B. Johnson. Goodwin served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs.