The Rutman Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency is generously supported by J. Morgan ’84 and Tara Rutman in collaboration with the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series. The lecture series focuses on American political history with an emphasis on the modern and historical context of the American Presidency.
Eric Foner delivered a lecture titled The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and Slavery on October 23, 2017. Foner is one of America's most prominent historians, writing and speaking widely on the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery and nineteenth-century America. His 1988 book, "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877" won the Bancroft Prize, the Parkman Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His 2010 book, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery," won the Bancroft Prize, the Pulitzer Prize for History and The Lincoln Prize, among other awards.
Bob Woodward, renowned investigative journalist and author, spoke at the University of New Hampshire on December 6, 2016. His talk was titled The Age of the American Presidency from Nixon to Now. Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2002 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored 18 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers.
Chuck Todd, moderator and managing editor of “Meet the Press,” NBC’s flagship public affairs program and the longest-running broadcast in television history, spoke at the University of New Hampshire on October 14, 2015.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
The second lecture in the series was delivered on September 29, 2014 by Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism" (November, 2013). Her talk was titled, Leadership Lessons of History: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents.
Robert A. Caro
The inaugural lecture took place on September 27, 2013 with Robert A. Caro, Pulitzer Prize winner, renowned presidential historian, and author of four volumes of "The Years of Lyndon Johnson." His talk was titled, Fifty Years Ago: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and November 22, 1963.