For Immediate Release

Washington, February 12, 2019 - Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak at the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo in Washington D.C. She will address the conference on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Goodwin is the author of seven critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent work, “Leadership In Turbulent Times”. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II”.

“Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned historian whose masterful analyses of the past help us understand the great issues of the present and the future,” commented Esther D. Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO at NAFSA.

Goodwin is the author of the bestsellers “Wait Till Next Year,” “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream,” “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” which was adapted into an award-winning five-part television miniseries, and “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.” Winner of the Carnegie Medal, “The Bully Pulpit” is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air.

Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s hit film Lincoln and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History, and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Government from Harvard University, where she later returned to teach a course on the American Presidency. While at Harvard, she worked for President Johnson after having been selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is seen frequently on television and cable networks as well as late night and Sunday morning talk shows, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Meet the Press.

This plenary session featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin is sponsored by APAIE 2020 and Howard University. Learn more about all the plenary speakers at

About the NAFSA Conference

NAFSA’s 71st Annual Conference & Expo is the world’s largest gathering of professionals in international education with an expected 10,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. The conference offers a wide array of learning and networking opportunities for international educators and features more than 200 sessions and workshops focusing on the most crucial topics in international education and exchange and global learning. A major highlight of the conference is the International Education Expo Hall, which features more than 400 exhibitors representing hundreds of organizations from around the world, including colleges and universities; study abroad and intensive-English programs; embassies and government agencies; and more. The conference theme for 2019 is “Global Leadership, Learning, and Change.” It will be held in Washington D.C. May 28 - 31, 2019.

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