Presidential Historians Featured in A Conversation with Michael Beschloss and Doris Kearns Goodwin

February 12, 2020

Award-winning presidential historians will be featured in “A Conversation with Michael Beschloss and Doris Kearns Goodwin” at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This event will take place on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 6 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, is a free event and open to the public. Registration for the event is required and is available at and

The New York Times has called Michael Beschloss “easily the most widely recognized Presidential historian in the United States.” The Charlotte Observer has said, “Michael Beschloss knows more about America’s Presidents than perhaps anyone on earth.” Michael is an award-winning historian, bestselling author of nine books and has been a New York Times contributing columnist. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a contributor to the PBS NewsHour.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer-prize winning author, biographer, presidential historian and former assistant to Lyndon Johnson. Her seventh and New York Times bestselling book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. It is a culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Ryan Owens, the Director of the Thompson Center, made clear his excitement to host the speakers. “One of the Thompson Center’s main charges is to bring in high caliber speakers,” he said. “We hit a home run with these award-winning authors and are thrilled to partner with the excellent people at UW-Green Bay and the Weidner Center.”

“The visit is a great opportunity for our students to debate the meaning of presidential leadership in this contested election year,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Alison Staudinger. “It’s also an opportunity for UW-Green Bay to embody the “Wisconsin Idea” and host thoughtful and in-depth conversations about politics and history in public.” Dr. Staudinger is chair for Democracy & Justice Studies, and co-chair of Political Science, Women’s & Gender Studies.

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