Emory Report
April 16, 2007
Volume 59, Number 27

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April 16, 2007
Bestselling historian, two-time Pulitzer winner to deliver Yates Lecture

by kim urquhart

Historian and author of New York Times bestseller “1776” David McCullough will deliver Emory’s Charles R. Yates Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in the Woodruff P.E. Center. McCullough’s speech, “Leadership, Ambition and the History You Don’t Know,” is free and open to the public.

A two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.”

In addition to “1776,” which reviewers have said “adds new scholarship and a fresh perspective to the beginning of the American Revolution,” McCullough’s other books include “The Johnstown Flood,” “The Great Bridge,” “The Path Between the Seas,” “Mornings on Horseback,” “Brave Companions” and “Truman.” His book “John Adams” remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time.

McCullough graduated from Yale with a degree in English literature. He has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer and familiar presence on public television — as host of “Smithsonian World,” “The American Experience” and narrator of numerous documentaries. His was also the narrator in the movie “Seabiscuit.”
The second annual Charles R. Yates Distinguished Lecture is made possible by the Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship Endowment. The lecture series was founded to serve the Emory campus and the larger Atlanta community, and to provide opportunities for Emory’s Bobby Jones Scholars to engage with today’s top leaders and thinkers.

Yates, who was an Emory parent and received an honorary degree from Emory in 1999, was a British Amateur golf champion and played in the first Master’s Tournament. A protege of legendary golfer and Emory alumnus Bobby Jones, Yates was integrally involved in the formation of the Bobby Jones Scholarship in 1976.

For more information, call 404-727-9534.