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Doris Kearns GoodwinNoted presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will be the featured speaker for the 2015 Gloria Shatto Lecture. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former assistant to President Lyndon Johnson will address students and others in the Berry community at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Cage Center. Admission to the lecture is free, but tickets are required for entry. Call 706-236-2226 for details.

Goodwin’s impressive list of accomplishments includes six New York Times bestsellers and numerous awards for her writing. Her Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln inspired the award-winning film Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day Lewis. Her most recent book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, has been acquired for film rights by DreamWorks Studio and Spielberg. She is a familiar face on television news programs and has served as on-air consultant for several PBS documentaries.

Goodwin joins a long line of notable speakers who have visited Berry thanks to the Gloria Shatto Lectureship, which was funded through Berry’s Century Campaign to honor the memory of Georgia’s first female college president. Past speakers include commentator Cokie Roberts and political adversaries James Carville and Mary Matalin.

By Carey Blankenship, philanthropic communications student assistant

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Students, faculty, staff and alumni recently got an “Inside the Beltway” glimpse of America’s political system courtesy of famed commentator and trailblazing female broadcaster Cokie Roberts, the 2012 speaker in the Gloria Shatto Lecture Series.

In her remarks, Roberts discussed the partisan nature of contemporary politics and the ongoing presidential race. She also found time to offer praise for the woman who founded the institution at which she was speaking, Martha Berry.

“It’s wonderful to be in an institution founded by a feisty woman,” Roberts stated. “When I read up on her and realized what she did when she did it, it is really incredible, because at the end of the 19th century [and] beginning of the 20th century, of course, she didn’t have the right to vote.”

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For more than four decades, Cokie Roberts has roamed America’s halls of power as a political commentator and Hall of Fame broadcaster. On March 29, she will share her “Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.” as the 2012 Gloria Shatto Lecturer. The Emmy-winning journalist and bestselling author will speak at 8 p.m. in the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. Admission is free, but tickets are required for entry. “Will call” is available for alumni who live outside the Rome area. Call 706-236-2226 for more details.

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