Moon Township, Pa. -- Pulitzer-Prize winning historian David McCullough, author of “Truman” and “1776”, will speak as part of the Robert Morris University (RMU) Pittsburgh Speakers Series on Wednesday, April 22. McCullough will speak at 11 a.m. in Rogal Chapel at RMU’s Moon Township campus, and at 8 p.m. in Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh.
McCullough, a Pittsburgh native, has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history,” “a matchless writer.” He is twice winner of the National Book Award and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In December 2006 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations’s highest civilian award.
His books have been praised for their scholarship, their understanding of American life, their “vibrant prose,” and insight into individual character. McCullough’s most recent book, “1776”, the No. 1 New York Times national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, has been called “brilliant…powerful,” “a classic.” There are 3 million copies in print, while McCullough’s previous work, “John Adams”, remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time. It is presently in its 63rd printing.
In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale University, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character."
Mr. McCullough’s other books include “The Johnstown Flood”, “The Great Bridge”, “The Path between the Seas”, “Mornings on Horseback”, “Brave Companions”, and “Truman.” As may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been out of print.
David McCullough is also twice winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, and for his overall work he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award and the National Humanities Medal. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received more than 40 honorary degrees.
In a crowded, productive career, 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 including “The Civil War.” His is also the narrator’s voice in the movie “Seabiscuit.”
McCullough was educated there and at Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. He is an avid reader, traveler, and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture. He is as well a devoted painter. McCullough and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and 18 grandchildren.