Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” is due in November, and Washington Post and syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. will headline a conference Sept. 21 at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.
Goodwin, whose book “Team of Rivals” was an inspiration for last year’s Academy Award-winning film “Lincoln,” will appear at the gala dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Statler City’s Golden Ballroom.
Dionne will speak at the 12:30 p.m. luncheon in the Hotel @ the Lafayette.
“The conference attendees will get a sneak preview of Doris’ perspectives on Roosevelt – in the place where he took the oath of office,” said Molly Quackenbush, executive director of the Roosevelt site.
The conference, with the theme “Relevant Reflections,” will run Sept. 19 to Sept. 22 and coincides with the Theodore Roosevelt Association’s 94th annual meeting. The organization is based in Oyster Bay, where Roosevelt lived for three decades.
“As the place where TR’s presidency began, Buffalo is an ideal setting for the association’s annual meeting,” Tweed Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s great-grandson and president of the group, said in a statement. “The team at TR Inaugural Site has put together an impressive program of events and activities.”
Several other prominent speakers also will be appearing, including Raymond W. Smock, former historian of the House of Representatives and the author of a book on Booker T. Washington; Nick Salvatore, professor of industrial and labor relations and American studies at Cornell University; and William T. Tilchin, Boston University professor and editor of a journal about Theodore Roosevelt.
Tickets to the Goodwin black-tie optional event, which includes cocktails and dinner, are $175 and include a one-year family membership to the Roosevelt site for first-time members. The Dionne luncheon costs $50. Both events are available to the general public and can be purchased through Friday by calling the Roosevelt Site at 884-0095 or going to trsite.org, where more conference information is available.