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Happy birthday, Doris Kearns Goodwin!

Check out video clips from a few of her Writers Institute events


Doris Kearns Goodwin

We wish a happy birthday to our friend, frequent Writers Institute guest, and Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin! She turns 79 today.


In 1991, Doris was a featured speaker at our inaugural Telling the Truth symposium, where she joined Jean Strouse, Connie Bruck, David McCullough, Garry Wills, for a panel discussion titled "Writing on Power."


She returned to Albany in 2005 upon the publication of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, her book which became the basis for Tony Kushner's screenplay for Steven Spielberg's 2012 film "Lincoln."


In 2009, she joined Mario M. Cuomo, William Kennedy, and the late Donald Faulkner, for our 25th anniversary celebration in front of a packed audience at Page Hall in Albany, and she returned to town for our inaugural Albany Book Festival in 2018.


Here are some clips from some of her Writers Institute events. Happy Birthday, Doris!


2005: "I don't think I ever thought of myself as a young person as a writer. What I did think of myself as was a storyteller..."


2009: "in many ways, I feel I've grown up as a writer with this Institute over this past quarter of a century..."


2009: "Television likes the loudest voices to argue against one another, so they give too much airtime to the idiotic things that the stupidest, idiotic people say..."

Of course, Doris Kearns Goodwin's Albany events pale in comparison to her 2016 oameo on "The Simpsons." View the clip.