Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough will speak in the Curb Event Center at Belmont on March 30. His lecture, “Leadership and the History You Don’t Know,” will be the final keynote speech of Belmont’s “Art of Being Free” lecture series centered on the 2008 presidential town hall debate, which was held on campus in October.
McCullough, who won his first Pulitzer Prize for his biography of President Harry S. Truman, has authored 11 books and earned numerous accolades for his work. Two Pulitzers – the second for his biography of John Adams – and the Presidential Medal of Freedom top a list that includes the National Humanities Medal and the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award.
McCullough’s lecture at Belmont is free to the public, though tickets are necessary and available at the Curb Center Box Office. The author is a noted public speaker as well having narrated several Ken Burns’ documentaries. Burns spoke on campus in September as part of the same lecture series.
Belmont University Provost Dr. Dan McAlexander said in a press release, “David McCullough is a national treasure. A brilliant writer who brings his subjects to full life through vivid narrative and painstaking research, he has expanded our understanding of America’s history in all its rich complexity. We are honored to have him on the Belmont campus and thrilled to be able to share this experience with the Nashville community.”
McCullough will end his lecture with a question-and-answer session. Culture and arts convocation credit is available.