Convocation 2013

The 20th Annual R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues Oct 22, 2013 at Missouri Western State University present Doris Kearns Goodwin. The female journalist Kearns Goodwin, whom the author of several well-known books as well as the famous movie “Lincoln” which base and inspired after her book. Kearns Goodwin’s Convocation speech is titled “Team of Rivals: The Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln.”

“I enjoyed speaking at schools, conferences and at TV show, especially Stephen Colbert show, my son was so excited about that” Kearns Goodwin said. She appears regularly on network television program and was on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family and Franklin Roosevelt as well as Ken Burns’ “The History of Baseball.”

“Lincoln is funny and sexy,” Kearns Goodwin said during breakfast with 20 chosen students from Missouri Western State University.

Her most recent work, a monumental history of Abraham Lincoln titled “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” published in 2005, reached No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. “Team of Rivals” won the 2006 Lincoln Prize for an outstanding work about the president and/or the Civil War, the New York Historical Society Book Prize, the Richard Nelson Current award and the New York State Archives History Makers Award. A feature film based on “Team of Rivals,” directed by Steven Spielberg, premiered last November. “Lincoln” opened to rave reviews and received seven Golden Globe and 12 Oscar nominations.

Doris Kearns Goodwin started her day with breakfast with the students in at 8 a.m. Blum 218, then meet with the media right next door from the breakfast room. Not until 11 a.m. where all of the student, faculty and community around Saint Joseph, Mo, come together at Looney sport complex to hear the greatest speaker who inspire so many people.

Zachary Evans
Zachary Evans

“The Speaker Really got my attention, I read part of her book for Griffon Edge,” Freshman Zachary Evans said.

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Megan Langdon

“I loved it! She made history so much more interesting,”Megan Langdon said

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Victoria Nwokorie

“This was my very first ever convocation and it was very interesting, she was very funny and educated at the same time.”  Victoria Nwokorie said

Mason Kose
Mason Kose

“I learned a lot of things about Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Rooseelt. I think it benefited me.” Mason Kose said

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