Two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient David McCullough is next Dively lecturer
Published Sep. 13, 2010
David McCullough, one of America’s most acclaimed authors, essayists and narrators, will be the keynote speaker at Lynn University’s Dively Frontiers in Globalization Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. His lecture topic is "Why History?" He’ll be talking about the lessons and pleasures of understanding history.
This will be the first Dively lecture to be held in the new Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, South Florida’s newest state-of-the-art theatre.
David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history,” “a matchless writer.” In addition to his two Pulitzer prizes, in 2006 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
McCullough’s most recent book, 1776, was the number one New York Times national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, with over 3 million copies in print. His previous work, John Adams, remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time, and in 2008 was turned into a seven-part, award-winning HBO mini-series produced by Tom Hanks and starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.
His work has been published in 10 languages and, in all, nearly 9 million copies are in print. None of his books has ever been out of print—a rare feat in publishing. His current project is a book about Americans in Paris.
Tickets are $25 for the lecture. Order tickets online at www.lynn.edu/tickets 24 hours a day, any day of the week; or order by phone at 561-237-9000, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More on McCullough
In a crowded, productive career he has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer and familiar presence on public television — as host of Smithsonian World and The American Experience and as narrator of numerous documentaries, including The Civil War. His is also the narrator’s voice in the movie Seabiscuit.
McCullough has won the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, and for his work overall has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award and the National Humanities Medal. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received more than 40 honorary degrees.
In the words of the citation accompanying McCullough’s honorary degree from his alma mater, Yale University, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement and moral character."
McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions and Truman.
the Dively Frontiers in Globalization Lecture Series
Thanks to a generous grant from the George S. Dively Foundation, Lynn University brings to its campus outstanding individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in world markets. Fostering an educational tradition where students have a rich multicultural experience and develop global awareness in the heart of a dynamic urban community, the Dively Series strengthens Lynn’s academic life through opportunities for dialogue and interaction between students, faculty and prominent speakers.
The Dively Frontiers in Globalization Lecture Series is sponsored by Lynn University’s board of overseers and the R. A. Ritter Foundation. Guest lecturers have included Meet the Press host David Gregory, law professor Alan Dershowitz, columnist George F. Will, security and terrorism specialist Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, innovation guru Tom Kelley, Presidential advisor David Gergen, and television journalists Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Judy Woodruff, Ron Insana, Tucker Carlson and Soledad O'Brien.