Save the Date! Famed Presidential Historian to Speak at Aronoff Center

Written by Liz Foreman, Marketing Content Team Leader, Downtown Main Library

Are you a presidential history buff? Then save the date for Tuesday, Oct. 5, when Doris Kearns Goodwin is speaking as part of the annual Mary S. Stern Lecture series. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Aronoff Center. Tickets are $5 and go on sale later this summer.

Goodwin is a world-renowned historian, international keynote speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times bestselling author. Her talk features her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times.

The book focuses on presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized by others as leaders. It seeks to answer questions like: Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? And, does the man make the times, or do the times make the man?

Lecture Series for All Minds

“We are thrilled to announce Doris Kearns Goodwin as the second speaker in the Mary S. Stern Lecture Series. Offering the public access to such a phenomenal speaker is exactly why my mom endowed this series. Ms. Goodwin is respected internationally for her work and we couldn’t be more excited to bring her to the residents of Hamilton County,” said Dr. Peter Stern, chair of the Mary S. Stern Lecture Committee and Library Foundation board member.

Get Involved: Join a Book Club

Goodwin brings to life some of our most successful presidents and provides insight for today’s leaders. Before the event, connect with fellow CHPL readers to discuss Leadership in Turbulent Times.

Or, get your book club involved using our facilitator’s guide, which will be available in early August. Visit our online events calendar for updates.

Share Your Perspective: Attend a Community Forum

The Library is proud to be co-sponsoring community forums with a local non-partisan think tank, Action Tank, focused around the central themes of leadership found in Leadership in Turbulent Times. Join other members of the community as we ask the question "What should we expect from our elected leaders?"

The first community forum takes place at the Price Hill Branch 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Registration is required. Additional forums leading up to the Mary S. Stern lecture will be announced soon.

The Mary S. Stern Lecture Series is possible through an endowment to The Library Foundation. Learn more about the annual Mary S. Stern lecture.