LBJ Biographer Robert A. Caro to Speak on Power and
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert A. Caro will
deliver the George Huntington Williams Memorial Lecture at
8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on
the Homewood campus.
Caro's lecture, "Power and Politics," will focus on
the impact of personality and power on American politics.
Both of Caro's Pulitzer Prizes were for biography. He
received the 1975 Pulitzer for his first book, The Power
Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, and the
2003 Pulitzer for Master of the Senate, the third
volume of his series The Years of Lyndon Johnson. To
research President Johnson, Caro and his wife, Ina, moved
from his native New York City to Johnson's home state of
Texas and then to Washington, D.C., where Johnson had spent
his political career. During these years, Caro examined
documents at the Johnson Library in Austin, Texas, and
interviewed people connected to Johnson, from senators to
courtroom clerks and administrative aides.
Caro has earned several other literary awards,
including the Francis Parkman Prize, the National Book
Critics Circle Award, the H.L. Mencken Award, the Carr P.
Collins Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and an
Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute
of Arts and Letters. A graduate of Princeton, Caro was an
investigative reporter at Newsday and a Nieman Fellow at
The George Huntington Williams Memorial Lecture was
established by Johns Hopkins in memory of the lecture's
namesake, who was a pioneer in the microscopic study of
rocks and minerals. Williams founded the university's
Department of Geology (now the Department
of Earth and Planetary Sciences) in the late 1880s,
teaching at the university until 1894. In 1917, his family
created an endowment in his memory for lectures by
distinguished public figures on topics of widespread
contemporary interest. Past Williams lecturers include
Desmond Tutu, former Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-Texas) and
The lecture is presented in conjunction with the
Office of the President and the
Institute for Policy Studies and is
free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For
information, call 410-516-7157.
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