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Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Public Affairs Conference

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Public Affairs Conference. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall.

The theme of this year’s conference, to be held April 4-7, is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Perspectives on Self-Government.”

Goodwin is a presidential historian and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She has written six New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.”

Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film and television rights to the book. Spielberg and Goodwin previously worked together on the 2012 film “Lincoln.”

Goodwin frequently appears on television to provide commentary. She has served as a consultant and been interviewed for PBS and History Channel documentaries.

It was Goodwin’s experience as a 24-year-old White House Fellow, working directly for President Lyndon Johnson as an assistant in his last year in the White House, and later assisting him in the preparation of his memoirs, that fueled her interest in becoming a presidential historian and author.

Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame inauguration set

The inductees for the 2017 Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame will be inaugurated April 7.

The Hall of Fame honors those who improve the lives of others through academic, personal or professional achievements. Honorees must have a connection to the state of Missouri and be examples of global citizens who act consistently for the benefit of others.

The names of the inductees will be announced in spring semester 2017.

The induction ceremonies include a black-tie optional dinner open to the public. Tickets go on sale in January.

2017 diversity conference open to any professional

Missouri State will hold its annual Collaborative Diversity Conference April 20-21. Anyone from any professional background may attend.

Attendees learn about how and why to build diversity in their institutions, and about best practices of diversity. Conference speakers include professionals and social entrepreneurs from around the nation.

Participate in spring community engagement project

Want to volunteer with Missouri State? We will be holding a Community Engagement Project on April 29 in Springfield.

These engagement projects, held in partnership with Drury University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Southwest Baptist University and United Way of the Ozarks, address some of the community’s most pressing issues.

Interested in volunteering at public affairs events?

Contact the office of public affairs support for opportunities.