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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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2014 Gloria Shatto LectureJames Carville and Mary Matalin are famous for their dueling political perspectives, but the couple did find one point of agreement as co-presenters for the 2014 Gloria Shatto Lecture – they both loved Berry!

Carville was particularly impressed by the fact that students introduced the two speakers, seeing it as evidence that Berry’s focus is in the right place.

“That’s a unique thing in higher education – that you put the students ahead of everybody else,” the former presidential campaign manager told the Cage Center crowd. “That’s not always the case. That’s hardly ever the case. I find that much more impressive than how many acres you have. It’s a place where you are producing human capital.”

Matalin was similarly moved, stating, ““What an amazing place. I don’t think we have visited one as unique.”

The lively presentation drew a crowd of more than 1,200 students, faculty/staff, alumni and community members. While on campus, Carville also took part in a classroom discussion.

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2014 Shatto LectureWhoever said “opposites attract” couldn’t possibly come up with a better example than James Carville and Mary Matalin. The longtime spouses and political adversaries will bring their divergent viewpoints to Berry’s Cage Center on Thursday, March 20, as the 2014 speakers in the Gloria Shatto Lecture Series. Alumni wishing to reserve their free tickets for the 8 p.m. event should call 706-236-2226.

The joint presentation – a first for the Shatto Lecture Series – makes the most of the political differences of the two speakers. With Carville weighing in from the left and Matalin holding court on the right, audience members can expect a lively, candid and provocative analysis of the biggest political issues of the day.

The Shatto Lecture Series honors the memory of Berry’s sixth president, the first woman to hold the title of college or university president in Georgia. Read more.

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