Making History

The Berry College Gloria Shatto Lecture Series recently welcomed presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin.

After a class discussion in McAllister Hall with history students, Goodwin then spoke to more than 1,100 students, faculty, staff, and community members at the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. 

“What a pleasure it is to be here today to see this beautiful campus and to know that Teddy Roosevelt about whom I will be talking about actually was here with Martha Berry,” Goodwin told the audience. “I saw the cabin where he entertained people so I feel like a part of the past as well as the present at this extraordinary place.”

Goodwin’s lecture focused on her love of history and the many fascinating stories and lessons she has collected throughout her career as an author. Her newest book is “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.” She entertained the crowd with her tales of working with Lyndon B. Johnson, fascinating stories about former presidents, and trips to the White House. The crowd listened to Goodwin describe Lincoln, Roosevelt, and William Taft’s intimate lives and the characteristics that united these extraordinary men. 

The Gloria Shatto Lecture Series honors the memory of Georgia’s first female college president. Dr. Gloria Shatto, who served from 1980-1998, believed strongly that there is more to a college education than what can be learned in the classroom. The Shatto Lecture Series honors her vision by bringing to Berry speakers of international renown.

Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Shannon Cordon and photos by student photographers Lauren Neumann, Blake Childers and Sara Leimbach